Roman Catholic Diocese of Darwin

Diocese of Darwin
Dioecesis Darvinensis
Country Australia
Territory Northern Territory
Ecclesiastical province Province of Adelaide
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Adelaide
Coordinates 12°26′45″S 130°50′19″E / 12.44583°S 130.83861°E / -12.44583; 130.83861
Area 1,352,212 km2 (522,092 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2009)
Increase 205,900
Increase 45,600 (Steady 22.1%)
Parishes Steady 11
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 1845 as the Vicariate Apostolic of Essington;
27 May 1847 as the Diocese of Victoria;
10 August as the Diocese of Victoria-Palmerston;
29 March 1938 as the Diocese of Darwin
Cathedral St Mary’s Star of the Sea War Memorial Cathedral, Darwin, Northern Territory
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Eugene Hurley

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Darwin is a suffragan Latin Rite diocese of the Archdiocese of Adelaide based in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

As the largest diocese in Australia by physical area covered, the Darwin diocese was initially administered by the Vicariate Apostolic of New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land. In 1845 the Vicariate Apostolic of Essington was erected; becoming elevated as part of the Diocese of Victoria in 1847; as the Diocese of Victoria-Palmerston in 1888; and its name changed to the Diocese of Darwin in 1938.


The following individuals have been elected as Roman Catholic Bishops of Darwin or any of its precursor titles:[1][2]

Order Name Title Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Joseph Serra y Juliá, OSBBishop of Victoria 9 July 1847 7 August 1849 2 years, 29 days Elevated as Coadjutor Bishop of Perth
2 Rosendo Salvado, OSB † Bishop of Victoria 9 August 1849 1 August 1888 38 years, 358 days Resigned and appointed as Titular Bishop of Adraa
3 Francis Xavier Gsell, MSCApostolic Administrator of Victoria-Palmerston23 April 1906 29 March 1938 31 years, 340 days Elevated as Bishop of Darwin
Bishop of Darwin29 March 1938 10 November 1948 10 years, 226 days Retired and appointed as Bishop Emeritus of Darwin
4 John Patrick O'Loughlin, MSC †Bishop of Darwin 13 January 1949 14 November 1985 36 years, 305 days Died in office
5 Edmund John Patrick Collins, MSC Bishop of Darwin 28 April 1986 3 July 2007 21 years, 66 days Retired and appointed as Bishop Emeritus of Darwin
6 Eugene Hurley Bishop of Darwin 3 July 2007 present 9 years, 166 days n/a


St. Mary's Cathedral

See also


  1. "Diocese of Darwin". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2007.
  2. "Our Story - History of NT Church". Diocese of Darwin. Retrieved 2014-09-06.

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