Roman Catholic Diocese of Townsville

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Townsville is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, erected in 1930, covering North Queensland, Australia.

Diocese of Townsville

Dioecesis Tovnsvillensis
StateLibQld 1 65191 Sacred Heart Cathedral in Townsville, 1903.jpg
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville,
taken in 1903 after Cyclone Leonta
TerritoryNorth Queensland
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Brisbane
Coordinates19°15′32″S 146°48′42″E / 19.25889°S 146.81167°E / -19.25889; 146.81167
Area435,200 km2 (168,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
Increase 252,289
Increase 74,084 (Increase 29.4%%)
ParishesDecrease 27
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established12 February 1930
CathedralSacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville
Current leadership
BishopTim Harris
Catholic Diocese of Townsville
Sacred Heart Cathedral in Townsville
Interior of Sacred Heart Cathedral



The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Bishops of Townsville:[1]

Order Name Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Terence Bernard McGuire 12 February 1930 14 June 1938 8 years, 122 days Appointed Bishop of Goulburn
2 Hugo Edward Ryan 13 July 1938 14 September 1967 29 years, 63 days Retired and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Townsville
3 Leonard Anthony Faulkner 14 September 1967 2 September 1983 15 years, 353 days Elevated as Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide
4 Raymond Conway Benjamin 14 February 1984 18 April 2000 16 years, 64 days Retired and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Townsville
5 Michael Ernest Putney 24 January 2001 28 March 2014 13 years, 53 days Died while still in office
6 Timothy James Harris 3 May 2017[2] incumbent

Other priest of this diocese who became bishopEdit


The diocese is divided into four separate deaneries that administer individual parishes:[3]

  1. Townsville deanery with regular liturgical services held in Sacred Heart Cathedral, North Ward (St Joseph's), Cranbrook (Holy Spirit), Deeragun (St Anthony), Gulliver (Holy Family), Kirwan (The Good Shepherd), Magnetic Island (St Joan of Arc), Mundingburra (Blessed Mary MacKillop), Railway Estate (St Francis), South Townsville (St Patrick), West Townsville (St Mary), and Wulguru (St Joseph the Worker)
  2. Northern deanery with regular liturgical services held in Abergowrie (St Theresa), Halifax (St Peter), Ingham (St Patrick), and Palm Island (St Anne)
  3. Southern deanery with regular liturgical services held in Ayr (Sacred Heart), Bowen (St Mary), Burdekin Valley (St Joseph), Cannonvale (St Martin), Collinsville (Our Lady of Lourdes), Giru (St Joseph), Home Hill (St Colman), and Proserpine (St Catherine)
  4. Western deanery with regular liturgical services held in Charters Towers (St Columba), Cloncurry (St Colman), Hughenden (Sacred Heart), Julia Creek (Holy Rosary), McKinlay (Our Lady of the Way), Mount Isa (Good Shepherd), Richmond (St Brigid), and Winton (St Patrick)


Schools within the diocese include:[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Diocese of Townsville". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Diocesean profile: Parishes". Diocese of Townsville. 2009. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Considering a Catholic school for your child?" (PDF). Catholic Education in the Diocese of Townsville. Retrieved 22 February 2014.

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