Roman Catholic Diocese of Armidale

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Armidale is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Archdiocese of Sydney, established in 1869 and covering the New England and Barwon River regions of New South Wales in Australia.

Diocese of Armidale

Dioecesis Armidalensis
Cathedral Armidale.jpg
Country Australia
TerritoryNew England and Barwon River regions of New South Wales
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Sydney
Coordinates30°30′58″S 151°39′50″E / 30.51611°S 151.66389°E / -30.51611; 151.66389
Area91,500 km2 (35,300 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2006)
Decrease 146,769
Decrease 43,223 (Steady 29.4%)
ParishesSteady 25
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established28 November 1869
CathedralSaints Mary and Joseph Catholic Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopMichael Kennedy
Metropolitan ArchbishopAnthony Fisher OP
Catholic Diocese of Armidale

Saints Mary and Joseph Catholic Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Bishop of Armidale, presently the Most Reverend Michael Kennedy.[1]


Erected 28 November 1869.[2] The first bishop, Timothy O'Mahony, was forced to resign over allegations of alcoholism and fathering a child, although he was eventually cleared by a church investigation.[3]


The following individuals have served as Roman Catholic Bishop of Armidale:[2][4]

Order Name Title Date installed Term ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Timothy O'Mahony Bishop of Armidale 1869 July 1877 7–8 years Resigned from Rome
2 Elzear Torreggiani, OFM Cap. Bishop of Armidale November 1879 January 1904 24–25 years Died in office
3 Patrick O'Connor Coadjutor Bishop of Armidale May 1903 January 1904 0–1 year Succeeded as Bishop of Armidale
Bishop of Armidale January 1904 July 1932 27–28 years Died in office
4 John Coleman Coadjutor Bishop of Armidale September 1929 July 1932 2–3 year Succeeded as Bishop of Armidale
Bishop of Armidale July 1932 December 1947 14–15 years Died in office
5 Edward Doody Bishop of Armidale 25 April 1948 (1948-04-25) 9 April 1968 (1968-04-09) 19 years, 350 days Died in office
6 James Darcy Freeman Bishop of Armidale December 1968 1971 2–3 years Elevated as Archbishop of Sydney
7 Henry Kennedy Bishop of Armidale February 1972 26 April 1991 (1991-04-26) 18–19 years Retired
8 Kevin Manning Bishop of Armidale 10 July 1991 (1991-07-10) 10 July 1997 (1997-07-10) 6 years, 0 days Elevated as Bishop of Parramatta
9 Luc Julian Matthys Bishop of Armidale March 1999 December 2011 11–12 years Retired as Emeritus Bishop of Armidale
10 Michael Kennedy Bishop of Armidale February 2012 present 8–9 years incumbent

James Darcy Freeman was elevated to Cardinal in 1973, concurrent with Archbishop of Sydney.

Coadjutors are included above.

Other priests of this diocese who became bishopsEdit

† = deceased


The diocesan cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Joseph and is located in Dangar Street, Armidale, opposite Armidale Central Park and diagonally opposite the Anglican cathedral. It was built in 1911 of Pyrmont stone and Armidale polychrome brick.[5] It was solemnly dedicated on 12 December 1919.


As of November 2014, there are currently 25 parishes located in Diocese of Armidale:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Diocese of Armidale". The Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia. National Council of Priests of Australia. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Diocese of Armidale". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2007.
  3. ^ J. J. Farrell, Archbishop Vaughan and the resignation of Bishop O'Mahony, first bishop of Armidale, Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society 15 (1993), 7-23; C.J. Duffy, O'Mahony, Timothy (1825–1892), Australian Dictionary of Biography.
  4. ^ "The ten Catholic Bishops of Armidale". The Armidale Star. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  5. ^ "The Catholic Cathedral of St Mary and St Joseph, Armidale". Organ Historical Trust of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2011.

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