Created by Pope John Paul II on 8 April 1986

The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta was created by Pope John Paul II on 8 April 1986 but most parishes are much older – Parramatta parish was established in 1827, Windsor in 1832 and Penrith in 1839, while Rouse Hill was formed in 2007.

The first Bishop of Parramatta, Bishop Bede Heather,

was installed on 19 May 1986. He was succeeded by Bishop Kevin Manning (1996-2010). Bishop Anthony Fisher OP was the Third Bishop of Parramatta (2010-2014) before being appointed as Archbishop of Sydney. Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv was appointed Bishop of Parramatta in 2016.

A Suffragan Diocese of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

the Diocese of Parramatta is west of Sydney and covers 4,289 sq km, reaching from Dundas Valley, west to Megalong Valley, south to Luddenham, and north to Wiseman's Ferry.

Parramatta was chosen as the seat of the Diocese

due to its role in the early European settlement of Australia, its size as a commercial and administrative centre, and its pivotal position in the communications that link the west with other parts of Sydney. It is contemporary urban Australia in miniature. It has parishes as old as Parramatta and Windsor and burgeoning suburbs such as Stanhope Gardens and Rouse Hill.

The Diocese takes in seven local government divisions:

The Hills Shire, Blacktown City, Blue Mountains City Council, Hawkesbury Shire, Cumberland Council, City of Parramatta and Penrith City Council, as well as parts of Wollondilly and Liverpool.

The Diocese nurtures the spiritual lives

of the hundreds of thousands of Catholics in its care, and supports thousands more in the local community. Its Catholic education system is committed to giving every student a quality education, while CatholicCare and its other agencies and ministries work alongside local people and organisations committed to enhancing the way of life we enjoy in Western Sydney.









Diocesan Coat of Arms

There are two basic elements in our Arms: a metaphor of the geography of the diocese, and the signs of the unifying force of Christ. The colours used by Parramatta generally are Blue and Gold and are the basis of our shield.

Arms (or ‘Coats of Arms’) are a way of identifying people or places, and Sees of the Roman Catholic Church have displayed Arms since time immemorial and they serve a useful purpose: buildings constructed by the Diocese may have the Arms inscribed on their fabric, usually on the exterior above a door, and documents and certificates produced by the Diocese too may have the See Arms inscribed.

Bishops, Archbishops, and Abbots may all display Arms, as of course does the Pope.

The Arms that a Bishop displays are combined with the Arms of the See he rules (the term is ‘impaled’) and this Coat of Arms is seen on documents that the Bishop signs.

The Arms of the Diocese of Parramatta reflect colours and images that are identified with Parramatta and the wide area of the See.

There are two basic elements in our Arms: a metaphor of the geography of the diocese, and the signs of the unifying force of Christ. The colours used by Parramatta generally are Blue and Gold and are the basis of our shield.

The blue of the shield runs from the City to the Blue Mountains, as shown by two points at the top of the top of the shield.

The shield is cut in half by the river – this represents the Nepean Hawkesbury River. Over the shield is the monogram representing Christ the King – the letters X and P are, in Greek, the first two letters of the name ‘Christ’ – and this monogram is crowned, showing the kingship of Christ in our lives: in Heraldry, this shows the Parramatta diocese is protected by Christ.

Next to the shield is a processional cross, and above it is a mitre: these insignia show that this is a Roman Catholic Diocese.

You may be aware that Heraldry uses a unique language to describe Coats of Arms: for example ‘or’ means the colour gold, ‘argent’ the colour silver, and ‘azure’ the colour blue.

Here is how our Arms are described: “Azure, indented of two throughout in chief, the chief argent, overall in fess a fess wavy argent charged with a barrulet wavy azure, overall in pale the monogram XP crowned or.”


The Diocese of Parramatta takes in seven local government divisions: Baulkham Hills Shire, Blacktown City, the City of the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury Shire, the Municipality of Holroyd, Parramatta City and Penrith City and parts of Wollondilly and Liverpool. This area encompasses the lands of the Darug people.

Although the Diocese was established in 1986, there was already a vibrant Catholic life in the area stretching back to the beginning of European settlement.

  • 1803

    It was at Old Government House in Parramatta Park that the 1803 Proclamation requiring all Catholics to register for the first official Masses in the colony was read. Rev James Dixon celebrated the second and third official Masses in Australia in Parramatta and the Hawkesbury respectively in May 1803.

  • 1820 - 1830

    Rev Therry and Rev Power ministered in the region in the 1820s. An inquest recorded the latter’s death in 1830 as a “visitation of God”.

  • 1830 - 1860

    The first religious profession in Australia took place in St Patrick’s Parramatta, in 1835 when Sr Xavier took her first vows in the Sisters of Charity. Now members of more than 50 religious Congregations live and work in the Diocese.

    Windsor and Penrith had Catholic communities in the 1830s, Blackheath was attended from Hartley in 1842, and the foundation stone for Richmond was laid in 1859. Cardinal Clancy comes from Richmond parish.

  • 1986

    On 19 May 1986, the new Diocese of Parramatta was created with Bishop Bede Heather as the first bishop.

    In the years following WWII, many people arrived in the Diocese from war-torn Europe and, since then, many others have come from places of conflict, persecution and economic hardship. Their strong Catholic faith and family values have enriched the Diocese and made it a truly multicultural faith community.

  • 1997

    Bishop Bede Heather was succeeded in 1997 by Bishop Kevin Manning who had previously been Bishop of Armidale.

  • 2010

    In 2010, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP DD was installed as the third Bishop of Parramatta.

  • 2014

    In 2014, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP DD was made Archbishop of Sydney. The Diocese of Parramatta was Administered by Very Rev Peter G Williams from 2014-2016.

  • 2016

    In 2016, Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv DD was installed as the fourth Bishop of Parramatta.

Religious congregations: the lifeblood of our community

Religious congregations have always made an irreplaceable contribution to the work of God in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.
Sisters and Brothers work in social ministries with the unemployed, refugees, youth, homeless people, people with AIDS, women suffering from domestic violence, single mothers, the aged, mentally ill people; in a variety of health care services; in spiritual direction, retreat work and counselling; in social justice ministries; in parish work.

In the Parramatta Diocese, there are representatives from 11 congregations of clerical religious, from 32 congregations or secular institutes of women and from five congregations of religious brothers.

Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life currently represented in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta are:

Augustinians OSA – Order of Saint Augustine
Augustinian Recollect Sisters AR – Teaching; Pastoral Work.
Brigidines CSB -Sisters of St Brigid. Pastoral care; Parish work; Catechetics; Teaching; Administration
Capuchin Franciscan Friars OFM -Cap Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. Parish; Industrial Chaplaincy; Formation; Migrant and Hospital Chaplaincy; Retreats
Carmelite Fathers OCarm – Parish
Christian Brothers CFC – Congregation of Christian Brothers. Primary & Secondary Education; Youth ministry; Prison Chaplaincy
Columban Fathers SSC – St Columban’s Mission Society
Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart OLSH
De La Salle Brothers FSC – Brothers of the Christian Schools. Primary & Secondary Education; Families in crisis
Divine Word Missionaries SVD -Society of the Divine Word. Parish; Ethnic Chaplaincy
Dominican Friars OP – Order of Preachers
Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia – OP Education in and through diverse ministries
Dominican Sisters of Malta OP – Nursing; Teaching
Franciscan Friars OFM – Order of Friars Minor. Chaplaincy, Social Work
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary FMM – Nursing; Hostel; Home for Aged; Pastoral Work
Friars of Saint Francis FSF – a religious community of Franciscans who strive to live a revitalised consecrated life according to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a life of love and service, prayer and community. They care for the Parish of St Bernadette’s, Dundas Valley.
Good Samaritan Sisters SGS – Institute of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict. Education: Primary, Secondary; Parish; Ministry to handicapped; Adult Faith Formation; Adult Literacy; Clerical Assistance; Conference, Retreat Centre; Social Welfare; Nursing
Good Shepherd Sisters RGS – Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. Diverse ministries to those “lost and hurt and left behind in our society.”
Holy Faith Sisters CHF – Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Faith. Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Education; Pastoral
Holy Spirit Fathers CSSp – Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Parish duties
Jesuits SJ – The Society of Jesus. Secondary Education; Chaplaincies; Tertiary Theological Education
Josephites RSJ – Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. Education: Primary, Secondary, Adult; Motor Mission; Music; Pastoral; Parish; Nursing; Welfare; Spirituality
Josephites – Perthville RSJ – Congregation of Sisters of the ANZ Federation of Sisters of St Joseph. Little Company of Mary LCM Spiritual Formation
Loreto Sisters IBVM – Institute of Blessed Virgin Mary. Spiritual Formation; Pastoral; Education; Women’s Groups
Marist Brothers FMS – Marist Brothers of the Schools. Education: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary; Spirituality; Welfare; Youth Ministry; Novitiate
Marist Fathers SM – Society of Mary. Adult Education; Chaplaincy; Family Ministry; Spiritual Direction
Marist Missionary Sisters SMSM – Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary. Provincial Administration; Hospitality
Marist Sisters SM – Congregation of Mary. Education: Primary & Secondary; Adult; Special; CCD; Pastoral: Parish; Refugees; Disadvantaged; Nursing: Hospital; Community; Care of Elderly
Missionary Sisters of Mary, Queen of the World CMR – Audio-visual; Catechetics; Nursing; Youth; Teaching
Order of Friars Minor Conventual OFMConv -Novitiate; Parish Duties
Patrician Brothers FSP – Congregation of the Brothers of St Patrick. Primary & Secondary Education; Pastoral and Parish work; Adult Education
Paulists MSSP – Missionary Society of St Paul. Chaplain, Maltese Community
Poor Clares OSC – Order of St Clare. Administration; Spiritual Direction; Franciscan Spirituality; Welfare
Presentation Sisters – Lismore Congregation PBVM – Society of Australian Congregations of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Education: Primary; Chaplaincy: Inter-Church Trade & Industry Mission; Migrants
Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary SSM – Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. Provincial Administration; Education: Youth, Adult; Catechetics; Pastoral; Retreats; Our Lady’s Shrine; Schoenstatt Spirituality
Sisters of Charity RSC – Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity of Australia. Education; Music; Parish visitation; Health; Welfare
Sisters of Holy Family of Nazareth CSFN Education; Pastoral Care; Solo Parents; Care of Aged; Child Care
Sisters of Mercy – Parramatta Congregation RSM – Education: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary; Music, Drama; Child Care; Crisis Centre; Pastoral: Parish, Migrants; Unemployed; Counselling, Spiritual Formation
Sisters of Mercy – Adelaide Congregation RSM – Education; Social Welfare; Pastoral
Redemptorists CSsR – Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. Parish Missions; Formation of Laity; Youth and Young Adult Apostolate; Publications; Lecturing
Sacred Heart Missionaries MSC – Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Salesian Sisters FMA Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. Don Bosco Youth Centre; Retreats
Salesians SDB – Salesians of Don Bosco. Youth Centres, Camps, Hostels; Chaplaincy; Schools; Parishes
SCD Brothers SCD Sisters SCD – Society of Christian Doctrine (Secular Institute). Catechetical
Schoenstatt Fathers – Schoen The Secular Institute of Schoenstatt Fathers. Christian Formation: Youth, Men, Women, Families; Pastoral; Schoenstatt Movement
Sisters of Mercy – Goulburn Congregation RSM – Chaplaincy
Sisters of Mercy – North Sydney Congregation RSM – Social Welfare; Hospital: Pastoral Care; Religious Affairs
Sisters of Mercy – Singleton Congregation RSM – Nursing; Education; Social Work
Sisters of Mercy – Townsville Congregation RSM – Nursing; Education; Pastoral
Sisters of Mercy – Wilcannia-Forbes Congregation RSM -Family; Education
Society of Christ SChr
Sons of Divine Providence FDP
St John of God Brothers OH – Hospitaller Order of St John of God. Psychiatric Hospital
Tyburn Nuns OSB – Adorers of the Sacred Heart. Prayer
Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union OSU Education

Former Bishops

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
DD BA LlB BTheol DPhil
Third Bishop of Parramatta (2010-2014)

Born in Sydney in 1960 to Colin and Gloria Fisher, he was baptised Anthony Colin Joseph at St Thérèse Church, Lakemba, and attended the parish school in 1965 and 1966.

Thereafter, he attended St Michael’s School Lane Cove, Holy Cross College Ryde, and St Ignatius’ College Riverview.

At the University of Sydney he received degrees in History and Law before practising law in a city firm.

In 1985 he entered the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), a religious congregation dedicated to preaching the Catholic faith in the context of a life of study, prayer and community. He studied for the priesthood in Melbourne, receiving an honours degree in Theology.
He worked for a time on immigration and refugee issues at Uniya, a centre for social research in Kings Cross, and was ordained a priest at Holy Name Parish, Wahroonga, on 14 September 1991.

Thereafter, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP completed a Doctorate in Bioethics at the University of Oxford. From 1995 to 2000 he was a lecturer in the Australian Catholic University.

From 2000 to 2003 he was foundation Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, Melbourne. Bishop Anthony remains Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics in the Institute.

During this time he was also Master of Students (seminarians) in the Dominican Order and Socius (deputy) to the Provincial.

His community involvements included being Chaplain to the Parliament of Victoria; member of the Infertility Treatment Authority of Victoria; chair or member of several hospital ethics committees; and chaplain to various organisations such as the Order of Malta. He has published extensively in bioethics and moral theology.

In 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney. In that archdiocese he was Episcopal Vicar for Life and Health and Chairman of the Catholic Schools Board.

From 2003-2010 Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP was Parish Priest of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Watsons Bay. Since that time he has also been Deputy-Chancellor of the Catholic Institute of Sydney, Adjunct Professor in The University of Notre Dame Australia, and a member of the Company of the Australian Catholic University.

He was Co-ordinator of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney.

On 8 January 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP the third Bishop of Parramatta. As Bishop he oversaw the consultations, publication and implementation of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, Faith in Our Future. This set two basic goals for the Diocese: to grow our faith and to share our faith. It focuses on five areas of greatest need and potential: families, youth, ethnicity, vocations and evangelisation.

As Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP worked extensively with the Catholic Education Office, principals and staff on the mission and identity of Catholic schools today, and with youth ministers and groups in promoting the connection of young people with the Church.

He addressed pastoral letters to the priests and people of Parramatta on Confession (Come back to Me with all your heart, Lent 2011), Pastoral Planning (Faith in Our Future, Lent 2012), the Child Abuse Crisis (with the NSW Bishops, Sowing in Tears, Lent 2013) Personal Vocation (Thy Kingdom Come, Christ the King 2013) and the Eucharist (This Wonderful Sacrament, Corpus Christi 2014).

Through letters, lectures, preaching and diocesan projects, he addressed a range of questions such as refugees, homelessness, the Blue Mountains fires, the persecution of Christians, same-sex ‘marriage’, the family and social justice, euthanasia, the existence of God, faith and divine revelation, Christ and the saints, asceticism, the liturgy, vocations and preaching.

Following a significant increase in vocations to the priesthood in the Diocese, he directed the building of the new Seminary of the Holy Spirit at Harris Park. He also modernised the chancery, communications, professional standards and other aspects of the Diocese.

While Bishop of Parramatta he continued in his roles as Chairman of the Catholic Education Commission of New South Wales, member of the Australian Bishops’ Commission for Doctrine and Morals, member of the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life and Bishops’ Delegate for Youth.

Since 2004, he has been an ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, the body that advises the Church on bioethics. He recently published Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium (Cambridge University Press). In 2011, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP received the honorary degree Doctor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame Australia.

On 18 September 2014, Pope Francis appointed Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney, with his Installation as the Archbishop of Sydney taking place on Wednesday 12 November 2014 at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.

Most Rev Kevin Michael Manning DD

Most Rev Kevin Michael Manning DD
Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta

Bishop Kevin Manning was appointed the second Bishop of Parramatta on 10 July 1997 and installed on 21 August 1997.

On 8 January 2010, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator until his retirement on 4 March 2010. He was succeeded by Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, the third Bishop of Parramatta.

In retirement, Bishop Manning has the title “Emeritus Bishop of Parramatta”.

Bishop Manning was born in Coolah, NSW, in 1933. He is the second eldest in a family of five boys and two girls, born to Kevin and Edith Manning. He attended Sacred Heart Primary School in Coolah before going on to St Columba’s College, Springwood, where he later began his studies for the priesthood. He was selected to complete his studies at Propaganda Fide College in Rome, where he was ordained on 21 December 1961.

2012-current: Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta
2010-2012: Apostolic Administrator for Wilcannia-Forbes
1997-2010: Bishop of Parramatta
1991-97: Bishop of Armidale
1983-91: Secretary to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
1978-83: Assistant Secretary to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
1962-78: Priest of the Diocese of Bathurst
1961: Ordained to the Priesthood in Rome on 21 December 1961

Most Rev Bede Vincent Heather DD LSS BA

Most Rev Bede Vincent Heather DD LSS BA
Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta

Bishop Bede Heather was born in Sydney on December 7 1928, the third child of William and Alice Heather.

Bishop Heather was educated at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield, and at St Columba’s College, Springwood. He did his studies for the priesthood at Springwood, Manly and at Propaganda College in Rome, where he was ordained at Castel Gandolfo in 1951.
After completing postgraduate studies in Sacred Scriptures he returned to Sydney where he was Assistant Priest in the parishes of Brighton-le-Sands and Willoughby.

He taught biblical languages and literature at St Columba’s Seminary, Springwood, and at St Patrick’s Seminary, Manly, for a number of years.

Between 1973 and 1976 he gained experience in Africa where he taught in the Bigard Memorial Seminary, Nigeria.
Upon his return, he had short stays as Administrator at The Entrance and St Ives before taking up an appointment as leader of a pastoral team at Mt Druitt in 1977.

In 1979 he was ordained as Titular Bishop of Obbi and became an auxiliary bishop with responsibility for western Sydney. Bishop Heather was co-chairman of the Catholic/Baptist International Dialogue.

On 14 April 1986 he was nominated as the first Bishop of Parramatta and was formally installed at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 19 May 1986.

Bishop Heather served the Diocese of Parramatta until 10 July 1997 when he resigned. He now lives on the Central Coast of NSW.

From Dundas Valley in the east, west to Katoomba, south to Luddenham, and north to Richmond, the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta is made of 47 vibrant Parishes.

Dating back as early as 1832, each of these Parishes has its own unique story to tell and place in the history of the Diocese’s formation and growth.

History of parishes in the Diocese of Parramatta

History of St Patrick’s Cathedral

St Patrick’s Cathedral is the symbolic heart of the Diocese of Parramatta – a dynamic centre of worship prayer, community and mission.

Today an iconic physical landmark of the City of Parramatta skyline, the Foundation Stone for the St Patrick’s was laid more than 170 years ago, on St Patrick’s Day 1836.

When the Diocese of Parramatta was established 150 years later in 1986, St Patrick’s was designated as the Cathedral of the new Diocese.

Rev James Dixon celebrated the first Mass in Parramatta within the vicinity of the present day St Patrick’s on 22 May 1803. After the Vinegar Hill Rebellion of 1804 in Castle Hill, the privilege was withdrawn. It was not until Rev Therry’s arrival in 1820 that Mass was again celebrated.

Rev Daniel Power replaced him and began the first church in Parramatta in 1827. It was still unroofed in 1835 when Archbishop Polding OSB arrived, and when finally completed, it became a schoolhouse.

Archbishop Polding OSB laid the Foundation Stone on 17 March 1836 and the church was consecrated on 28 May 1837.
By 1854, the existing church was too small so Fr Coffey OFM Conv commissioned a larger church and the Foundation Stone was laid on 13 August 1854.

On 10 November 1878, Dean Rigney laid the Foundation Stone for the Pugin Tower to be added to the existing church. The tower was consecrated on 17 March 1880. The spire was blessed in January 1883.

A new church was built on the site in 1936 to meet the needs of a growing congregation. It incorporated the existing tower and spire. The Foundation Stone was laid on 26 May 1935 and the church opened on 31 May 1936.

In 1986, the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta was established and St Patrick’s Church was designated a Cathedral. The present Cathedral was the fourth on the site.

On 19 February 1996, it was destroyed by fire. The destruction of the Cathedral evoked extraordinary feeling in the community. The Premier, Prime Minister and Governor-General all visited the site to inspect the ruins.

The Bishop of Parramatta at the time, Most Rev Bede Heather, promised parishioners “A new St Patrick’s will rise from these ashes.” The work towards this goal continued, with an announcement by the second Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Kevin Manning, that St Patrick’s Cathedral would be restored to regain its place as a building of historical significance in the local landscape.

The new St Patrick’s Cathedral was dedicated on 29 November 2003.

Parish Priests & Deans

Fr Brennan 1839-42 & 47-52
Dean Coffey OSF 1852-1857
Dean Sumner OSB 1857-1864
Dean Forde 1864-1874
Mons Rigney 1874-1889
Mons O’Reilly 1889-1919
Mons O’Gorman 1919-1931
Mons Patrick O`Donnell 1931-1953
Mons Joseph McGovern 1953-1964
Mons Frank Kerr 1964-1974
Fr Joseph Weaver March-June 1974
Fr Don Peisley 1974-1976
Dean Brian Larkey 1976-1991
Dean John Boyle 1991-2000
Dean Kevin Walsh 2000-2004
Dean Peter Williams 2004-2006
Dean Wim Hoekstra 2006-2012
Rev John McSweeney 2012-2014
Very Rev Fr Robert Bossini 2014-present

Learn more about St Patrick’s Cathedral

Diocesan Patron
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Parish Development and Fundraising

Our ParishStewardship Program

Praying, serving and giving

How often do we stop to count our blessings?

As we reflect on our lives we have so much given to us. We may be caring, smart or musically inclined, blessed with a trade, or skill.

Do we take time to be grateful to our loving God for these gifts? How often do we put these talents into doing good works or perhaps volunteering?

All of us have been given the gift of time. How much of it do we spend in prayer, or in the service of others?

Our talents and our time bring us ‘treasure’ in the form of income. How much of it do we share with our Parish, a charity or other good causes?

In the Diocese of Parramatta, the new Our Parish Stewardship Program helps parishes to bring out the best aspects of our ‘Prayer, Serving and Giving’. Beginning with a parish census and spanning over about 8 weeks, parishioners are invited to gather and reflect on past achievements and the future hopes for parish development. It is in this context that parishioners will be encouraged to consider being generous in their financial contributions.

The Our Parish Stewardship Program which is tailored to suit both large and small Parishes will enhance parish life for all members of their local church community. It recognises and gives thanks for the generous support of all those parishioners who pray and give of their time, their skills and their treasure during the year.

Parishes who would like more information on the new Our Parish Stewardship Program are invited to contact the Parish Support and Fundraising Coordinator.

Parish Development and Fundraising Coordinator


Don’t die intestate

Dying ‘intestate’?

No, it’s not a typo: it’s a very real threat that faces anyone who hasn’t made out a will. As opposed to dying ‘interstate’, ‘dying intestate’ is a legal term for people who have died without making a will.

A large proportion of people die without leaving a will which means it might not be possible to honour the wishes of the deceased in regard to their estate. Decidedly worse, loved ones can be left in a state of extraordinary stress. But there is a way to avoid this – by making out your will as soon as possible.

Your will says how your estate is to be distributed, allowing you to clearly set out your wishes and select beneficiaries.

Should you wish to, executing a will also gives you the opportunity to provide a bequest to your Parish or the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. This way such a bequest by will is an opportunity to provide support and encouragement to future generations and help secure the work entrusted to us by the Lord. When considering a will, please remember the vision and mission of each Parish is unique and that the needs of the Diocese are many and varied.

Helping your parish with a bequest
To help your Parish by leaving a bequest, your will only needs to contain a simple form stating: “I give devise and bequeath the sum of $X Dollars (X Dollars in words) to (Here name ‘Parish).”

Helping your Diocese with a bequest
For the Diocese, the simple form contained within your will need only state: “I give devise and bequeath the sum of $X Dollars (X Dollars in words) to the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Parramatta.”

Alternatively, a Diocesan Bequest can be extended to nominate a specific ministry. For example: “I give devise and bequeath the sum of $X dollars (X Dollars in words) to the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Parramatta to be applied for the benefit of (Here name the specific ministry you wish to assist).”

Some ministries and agencies of the Diocese include:

CatholicCare Social Services (including Aboriginal Catholic Services)
Catholic Youth Parramatta
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine
Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue
Institute For Mission
Liturgical Commission
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Sacraments of Initiation for Children
Social Justice Office

When there is a will there is a way
After you have considered how you would like to leave your assets and to whom in your will, you will need to make sure your will is valid, drawn up correctly and executed. For this, please consult your lawyer or Trustee Company. They will make sure you will is drawn up according to law, ensuring that your wishes are honoured.

For a copy of a Wills Brochure from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, or for more information on leaving bequests, please contact The Diocesan Bequest Officer.

The Diocesan Bequest Officer
McGovern House, 12 Victoria Road, Parramatta, NSW, 2150
(PO Box 3066, North Parramatta, NSW, 1750)
Ph: 02 9630 4813
Fax: 02 9630 4813



Clergy Support Foundation: caring for those who cared

The Diocese of Parramatta Clergy Support Foundation provides assistance to Diocesan priests who have retired or who are in ill-health.

The support the Foundation provides can include financial assistance for the provision of welfare, maintenance, the necessities of life and even relief from poverty.

Supporting the Clergy Support Foundation allows us to acknowledge the priests who have ministered throughout our Diocese over a considerable number of years, but who are now in need of our assistance. In short, it is the opportunity to support the care of those who cared for us.

There are 27 Parramatta clergy who are currently retired – two bishops, 23 priests and two deacons – all of whom are grateful for the support the people of the Diocese have provided to them by making a donation to the Foundation.

While the Diocese is blessed to have many clergy aged over 65 still active in their Diocesan ministry, it is also true that in the near future, many of these will need our support.

You can show your support for these priests by making a donation at any time to the Clergy Support Foundation, or by leaving a bequest to the Foundation. There is also an opportunity to contribute through the Bishop’s Annual Father’s Day Appeal for Retired and Sick Priests, held throughout our parishes in September each year.

All donations of $2 and more are fully Tax deductible.

Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Clergy Support Foundation
PO Box 1501
Baulkham Hills
NSW 1755
Ph: 02 9639 0598


Our heavenly patroness… St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was proclaimed the Patron of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta during the Diocese’s Silver Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday 19 May 2011.

The proclamation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s patronage was read during the Mass by His Excellency Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Nuncio to Australia.

“The faithful people of the Diocese of Parramatta remember and continue to honour St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Virgin,” Archbishop Lazzarotto said in the proclamation.

“Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta, has approved of those people recording the wishes of the community, in consultation with priests and people, to choose St Mary of the Cross, Virgin, as heavenly Patroness of the Diocese.”

In his Silver Jubilee Mass Homily, Bishop Anthony spoke of the particular link between St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the Diocese.
“Not only did she labour amongst us in this life, but she interceded from heaven to bring about a miracle for one of our parishioners,” Bishop Anthony said. (see video below).


Learn more about St Mary of the Cross MacKillop


Diocesan Pastoral Plan 2014-2018

With a commitment to increased collaboration and fresh expressions of our abiding Gospel mission, our Diocese seeks to respond to Pope Francis’ call to be “bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, styles and methods of evangelisation”.

However, it is only when people grow in the Gospel that our Church grows. Our expanding mission which needs your support, energy, gifts and time in order to succeed.

Faith in Our Future aims to support and invite every member of our Diocese to become mature and missionary disciples, Catholics who know and love their faith and go into the world to “invite others to ‘come and see’ Jesus and ‘go and tell’ His story”.

You can stay up-to-date with the latest on our Pastoral Plan for 2014 to 2018 at Faith in Our Future, the online home of Pastoral Planning for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.

Faith in our Future Website