Francis Roberts Rush

Francis Roberts Rush (1916—2001) was a Roman Catholic priest in Queensland, Australia. He was Roman Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane.

Early lifeEdit

Francis Roberts Rush was born in Townsville on 11 September 1916, the son of Thomas Rush and his wife Mary (née Roberts).[1]

Religious lifeEdit

Francis Rush was ordained a priest in Rome on 18 March 1939. From 1939 to 1945, he served as a priest at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville.[1]

He was appointed Bishop of Rockhampton on 7 November 1960, where he implemented many of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.[2][3]

He was appointed Roman Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane on 5 March 1973, replacing the retiring Patrick Mary O'Donnell.[2]

Later lifeEdit

Francis Rush retired on 3 December 1991 and lived in Brisbane in retirement.[4] He died on 21 July 2001.[1] His funeral was held in the Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane on 27 July 2001 conducted by Archbishop John Bathersby; Nearly one thousand people packed into the 800-seat cathedral with many standing in the aisles to farewell him.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Francis Rush Centre". The Cathedral of St Stephen. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Archbishop Francis Roberts Rush". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Past Bishops". Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Death of Archbishop Francis Rush". Catholic News. 23 July 2001. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Archbishop Rush to be buried today". Catholic News. 27 July 2001. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Standing room only at Rush funeral". Catholic Weekly. 5 August 2001. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2014.