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Archdiocese of Sydney

Archidioecesis Sydneyensis

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

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 22 April 1842
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Australia
  • Square Kilometers: 1,264 (488 Square Miles)
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Level 16, Polding Centre, 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
1845Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney Vicariate Apostolic of Essington (erected)
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 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)
15 November 1951Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney Diocese of Wollongong (erected)
8 April 1986Territory LostArchdiocese of Sydney Diocese of Broken Bay (erected)
Diocese of Parramatta (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.

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