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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

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The Archdiocese of Sydney (Latin: Archidioecesis Sydneyensis) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or archdiocese of the Catholic Church. Its episcopal see is Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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Archdiocese of Sydney

Archidioecesis Sydneyensis
Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary
TerritorySouth-western Sydney, Canterbury-Bankstown, Inner West, most of Sydney's northern suburbs, lower north shore, eastern suburbs, St George, Sutherland, and the northern part of the Macarthur region
Ecclesiastical provinceSydney
Area1,264 km2 (488 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
Increase 2,528,000
Decrease 611,392 (Decrease 24.2%)
ParishesDecrease 137
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established1834: Vicariate Apostolic of New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land;
5 April 1842: Diocese of Sydney;
22 April 1842: Archdiocese of Sydney
CathedralCathedral Church and Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Mother of God, Help of Christians
Patron saintOur Lady Help of Christians
Secular priests250
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopAnthony Fisher OP
Auxiliary Bishops
Vicar GeneralGerald Gleeson
Episcopal Vicars
  • Richard Umbers
  • Paul Monkerud
  • Kelvin Lovegrove
  • Michael McLean
  • Maurice Thompson
  • Roland Maurer
Judicial VicarJulian Wellspring
Bishops emeritus

Erected in 1842, the archdiocese is the metropolitan see for the suffragan dioceses of Armidale, Bathurst, Broken Bay, Lismore, Maitland-Newcastle, Parramatta, Wagga Wagga, Wilcannia-Forbes and Wollongong. The Military Ordinariate of Australia, as well as the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of St Michael, Archangel and the Maronite Diocese of St Maroun—these latter two Eastern Catholic—are also associated with the archdiocese.[citation needed]

St Mary's Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney. The current archbishop is Anthony Fisher.

The Archdiocese of Sydney is involved in many different agencies within Sydney to provide services, care and support to people in need, including aged care; education; health care; prayer, worship and liturgy; solidarity and justice; vocations and seminary; youth and young adults ministry.[1]