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Archdiocese of Sydney

Archidioecesis Sydneyensis

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  • Anthony Colin Joseph Fisher, O.P., Archbishop
  • Daniel Joseph Meagher, Auxiliary Bishop
  • Richard James Umbers, Auxiliary Bishop
  • Terence John Gerard Brady, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus
  • David Cremin, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 22 April 1842
  • Metropolitan See
  • Depends on: Dicastery for Bishops
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Australia
  • Square Kilometers: 1,264 (488 Square Miles)
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Polding Centre, Level 16, 133 Liverpool Street, Sydney, N.S.W. 2000, Australia
  • Telephone: (02)9390.5100
  • Fax: 9261.8312

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Vicariate Apostolic of New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land
1834ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Mauritius Vicariate Apostolic of New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land (erected)
5 April 1842Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land Vicariate Apostolic of Adelaide (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Hobart (erected)
Diocese of Sydney
5 April 1842ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land Diocese of Sydney
Archdiocese of Sydney
22 April 1842ElevatedDiocese of Sydney Archdiocese of Sydney
4 May 1845Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney Vicariate Apostolic of Essington (erected)
4 May 1845Territory LostDiocese of Adelaide
Archdiocese of Sydney
Vicariate Apostolic of King George Sounde - The Sound (erected)
6 May 1845Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney Diocese of Perth (erected)
25 June 1847Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney Diocese of Maitland (erected)
Diocese of Melbourne (erected)
12 April 1859Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney (Queensland) Diocese of Brisbane (erected)
17 November 1862Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney Diocese of Goulburn (erected)
28 November 1862Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney Diocese of Armidale (erected)
20 June 1865Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney Diocese of Bathurst (erected)
5 May 1950Territory AddedDiocese of Bathurst (Boundries adjusted)
Archdiocese of Sydney (Boundries adjusted)
15 November 1951Territory LostArchdiocese of Canberra (and Goulburn)
Archdiocese of Sydney
Diocese of Wollongong (erected)
21 February 1955Territory AddedArchdiocese of Sydney
Diocese of Wollongong
29 October 1962Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney (Parish of Lithgow) Diocese of Bathurst
24 August 1965Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney (Belmont, Lake Macquarie, Morisset, Swansea, and Toronto) Diocese of Maitland
8 April 1986Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney (Baulkham Hills Shire, Blacktown City, the City of the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury Shire, the Municipality of Holroyd, Parramatta City, Penrith City, and parts of Wollondilly and Liverpool) Diocese of Parramatta (erected)
8 April 1986Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney (Northern Beaches, North Shore, and Central Coast) Diocese of Broken Bay (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Archdiocese of Sydney

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Diocese of Sydney
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 7, Page 355
  • Archdiocese of Sydney
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 42, Page 889, and Page 890
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 47, Page 617, and Page 618
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 54, Page 869


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