15 Feb 2021

Shrove Tuesday launch of Project Compassion

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The Archbishop of Adelaide Patrick O’Regan will celebrate Shrove Tuesday TOMORROW (February 16) by cooking pancakes at Thomas More College, Salisbury.

The event coincides with the launch of Project Compassion, the annual Lenten campaign run by Catholic humanitarian and development agency Caritas Australia.

The theme of this year’s Project Compassion is Oscar Romero’s quote of ‘aspire not to have more, but to be more’, which connects with the college motto of Learn More, Love More, Be More.  

21 Jan 2021

Funeral for Archbishop Philip Wilson

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The Funeral Mass of Archbishop Philip Wilson will be celebrated in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral at 11am on Wednesday February 3.

The Mass, to be livestreamed via www.adelaide.catholic.org.au, will be celebrated by Archbishop Patrick O’Regan with bishops and clergy from around Australia concelebrating.

A Vigil Mass will be held on Tuesday February 2 at 7.30pm in the Cathedral and there will be an opportunity for people to pray in the presence of the coffin from 2pm to 6.30pm.

17 Jan 2021

Death of Archbishop Philip Wilson

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Archbishop Philip Wilson, who served as Bishop of Wollongong and Archbishop of Adelaide during 45 years of priestly ministry, has died in Adelaide this afternoon at the age of 70.

Born in the Hunter region of New South Wales, a young Philip Wilson attended St Joseph’s Hunter Hill before studying at St Columba’s College, Springwood, and St Patrick’s College, Manly. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in 1975.

Ordained Bishop of Wollongong in 1996, he was seen as an important figure in introducing reforms to help the Catholic Church respond to the issue of child sexual abuse.

In 2001, he was appointed Archbishop of Adelaide, a post he held until his resignation in 2018.

He served as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for three consecutive terms, from 2006 to 2012.

Archbishop Wilson had suffered a series of health problems in recent years, including cancer. Even so, his death on Sunday was unexpected.

18 Dec 2020

Plan ahead for Christmas Mass

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Christmas Mass-goers are being urged to check with their local parish about times and details of services due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on attendance limits.

With the current requirement for indoor religious services being one person per two square metres, many parishes and communities require people to book for Christmas Mass. Worshippers also need to arrive early to check in with their phones or sign in manually.

Archbishop Patrick O’Regan said it was important for anyone wanting to attend Mass on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to plan ahead to help parishes ensure they were complying with the latest SA health guidelines.

26 Oct 2020

New bishop for Port Pirie Diocese welcomed

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Bishop Karol Kulczycki SDS will be installed as the 12th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie on Wednesday October 28 2020.

The installation ceremony will be held in St Mark’s Cathedral with past and present bishops from South Australia and the Northern Territory attending, including Archbishop of Adelaide Patrick O’Regan and Emeritus Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ.

Bishop Karol has arrived in Port Pirie from Poland (after serving quarantine requirements), but previously spent 21 years as a missionary priest in Western Australia. He returned to Poland in 2018 after being elected vice-provincial of the Polish province of the Society of the Divine Savior.

19 Oct 2020

Papal honours for SA leaders

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Pope Francis has appointed two Adelaide parishioners, Bill Griffiths (Cathedral) and Greg Crafter AO (Norwood), as Knights of the Order of St Gregory the Great.

Announcing the awards today, Adelaide Archbishop Patrick O’Regan said the Order of St Gregory the Great was one of the highest awards for lay people, bestowed on Catholic men and women deemed to have made a significant contribution to the Catholic Church.

“These two men are most worthy recipients of this high honour with their outstanding service to the community over many years,” Archbishop O’Regan said.

Dr Griffiths, a secondary school teacher by profession, joined the staff of the Adelaide Catholic Education Office in 1974, directing state-wide programs for the children of immigrants. He was also a member of the early SA Commission for Catholic Schools at a time of significant change in the Catholic school system.

15 Oct 2020

Catholic Church leaders express concern over Abortion Bill

The Catholic Church in South Australia has expressed its concern over the Termination of Pregnancy Bill introduced to the Legislative Council this week.  

Archbishop of Adelaide Patrick O’Regan and Bishop of Port Pirie Diocese Greg O’Kelly SJ said the removal of current safeguards would further increase the rate of abortion on demand and put vulnerable women at greater risk of economic and social coercion.

“We believe the focus of politicians should be to improve emotional, financial and systematic supports so women are wholly supported,” Archbishop O’Regan said.

16 Jun 2020

Controlled return to Sunday worship

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Adelaide’s Catholic community has welcomed the State Government’s decision to further ease restrictions on indoor gatherings to enable up to 75 people to attend Sunday Mass from this weekend (June 20 and 21).

Premier Steven Marshall announced last week that that the limit on indoor spaces would be lifted from 20 to 75 as of Friday June 19. This number also applies to funerals and weddings also.

08 Jun 2020

Church denounces malicious emails claiming to be from Catholic sources


The Catholic Church has denounced a number of malicious emails being sent to random recipients claiming to be from Catholic parishes, dioceses and other organisations. In recent weeks, emails have been sent that mention one or more of the following: Cardinal George Pell, the complainant in his criminal trial, COVID-19 and – most recently – the upcoming Eden-Monaro byelection.

“The content in the small number of emails that have been forwarded to us is offensive, unChristian and, in some cases, defamatory,” said Fr Stephen Hackett MSC, general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

25 May 2020

Historic moment for new archbishop

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Adelaide’s new Catholic leader, Patrick O’Regan, will make history today when he is installed as the ninth Archbishop of Adelaide in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral at 10.30am.

Never before has an archbishop taken over his new flock in such circumstances – with only a handful of people present but thousands of people from around South Australia, Australia and overseas watching via live streaming.

22 May 2020

Bishop welcomes resumption of small Masses

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Apostolic Administrator Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ has confirmed that Masses of up to 10 people are now permitted in South Australia’s Catholic churches.


19 May 2020

New national registry to help churches track COVID-19

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A new national registry has been launched to help Churches track cases of COVID-19 in a bid to keep parishioners safe.

Catholics across the country have been asked to register their attendance at their local parish via www.massregister.com.au in line with the Federal Government’s 3-step framework that requires every religious gathering to record contact details of people attending.

18 May 2020

Grant applications opened for ongoing bushfire recovery

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Ms Pascoe said Catholic Emergency Relief Australia is also lending its support to the Church’s coronavirus response, playing a coordinating role in an audit of Catholic facilities that could be used to help during the pandemic or in future emergency situations.

15 May 2020

Bishops to entrust Australia to Mary Help of Christians


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Australians’ lives, including their worship, the Catholic bishops will entrust the country to the care of Mary Help of Christians on her feast day next week.

In a message issued today as “A word of encouragement to the Catholic people of Australia”, the bishops noted that the country “has certainly suffered because of the pandemic, but not as grievously as some other countries”.

14 May 2020

Catholic College build gets underway at Two Wells

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Construction of Catholic Education SA’s newest school at Two Wells will commence next month and not even COVID19 restrictions have dampened enthusiasm for today’s “turning the sod” ceremony at the site.

Stage one of the multi-million project – a $9.875M building development – will bring a much-needed boost to the local economy.

08 May 2020

Limited reopening of churches welcomed

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The Catholic Church in SA has welcomed the announcement by Premier Steven Marshall that churches may reopen for private prayer and that funeral numbers have been increased. 

The impact of the changes, effective from Monday, are: 

  • Churches may reopen for private prayer. Numbers will be restricted to 10 people plus staff. They are not open for either private/public Masses except for funeral, weddings and baptisms.  
  • Funerals now permitted to have 20 indoors and 30 people outdoors plus those officiating
  • Weddings now permitted to have 10 people plus those officiating
  • Private baptisms are allowed to resume with 10 people plus those officiating
09 Apr 2020

Easter hope of strengthened community

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Catholic Church leaders have expressed their hope of a deeper sense of humanity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in their 2020 Easter messages.

As tens of thousands of Christians prepare to participate in Easter services from their homes for the first time, Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ said that a “product of our suffering may be that after this trial there will be a greater appreciation of the human community, what we do, and who the people are with whom we work”. 

“The quality of our lives and a sense of closeness to the Lord will deepen as His grace works within us. We know that such times, as in war, can bring out the finest in people despite the horror.  On the human level families are finding out that there is more conversation and interaction as a group.

08 Apr 2020

Bringing Easter worship to the home

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As Catholics prepare to celebrate Easter away from churches and outdoor venues, the Adelaide Archdiocese has partnered with community television station Channel 44 to bring worship into their homes.

The free to air television channel will commence its special Easter program offering with Holy Thursday Mass filmed live from St Francis Xavier’s  Cathedral in Adelaide at 6.30pm.

19 Mar 2020

Catholic Masses in SA suspended

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The Catholic Church in South Australia has suspended the celebration of all Mass services and other major liturgical events.

This follows advice from health authorities and the Federal Government’s decision to ban any gatherings of more than 100 people due to COVID-19.  

26 Apr 2019

Mass for victims of Sri Lankan bombings

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide will hold a special prayer service and Mass with the Sri Lankan community in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Sunday (April 28).

23 Jan 2019

Over 5000 Catholic educators gather in Adelaide


The largest ever gathering of Catholic educators in South Australia will take over the Adelaide Entertainment Centre today (Wednesday 23 January).

More than 5000 teachers, school and parish leaders, priests, school administrators and Catholic Education Office staff will attend the Live Learn Lead Together conference, which will focus on the needs of young people in an evolving, globally-focused and digital world.

24 Dec 2018

Christmas is a cure for what hurts in the world

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Christmas is about the cure for what hurts in the world, a dawning of a world where everyone is treated as if they are absolutely precious.
This is the message of Father Philip Marshall, the Administrator Delegate of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide.

21 Dec 2018

Bishop O'Kelly welcomes DPP decision

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Apostolic Administrator of the Adelaide Archdiocese, Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, has welcomed the decision of the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions not to appeal the dismissal of the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson on a charge of failing to report historical child sexual abuse in the Hunter Valley.

06 Dec 2018

Archbishop's conviction overturned

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Statement from the Adelaide archdiocese.

26 Oct 2018

Remove Nauru children


Statement from Bishop O'Kelly SJ on asylum seekers.

20 Sep 2018

CESA statement

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Catholic Education SA welcomes school funding commitment.

14 Aug 2018

Latest statement

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Archbishop Wilson's home detention approved.

30 Jul 2018

Archbishop resigns

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Adelaide’s Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson has tonight written to the people of the Archdiocese of Adelaide informing them of his resignation.

04 Jul 2018

Statement from Archbishop

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Archbishop Wilson says he intends to lodge an appeal against his conviction to the District Court of New South Wales. 

03 Jul 2018

Latest statements

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Statement from Apostolic Administrator Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

28 Jun 2018

Bishop of Darwin announced

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Adelaide priest Fr Charles Gauci appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Darwin.

19 Jun 2018

Sentencing decision next month

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Archbishop Philip Wilson will return to the Newcastle Local Court next month for sentencing following his appearance in court today.

04 Jun 2018

Statement from Bishop Greg

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The Holy Father yesterday appointed me Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Adelaide. 

25 May 2018

Archdiocese arrangements

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Adelaide VG Fr Philip Marshall will take responsibility for the affairs of the Archdiocese with support from a newly appointed Adjunct VG.

23 May 2018

Latest statements

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Statement from Archbishop Philip Wilson and ACBC President Archbishop Coleridge.

18 May 2018

Adelaide in national spotlight

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Archbishop Wilson will launch the Plenary Council 2020 initiative at the Marian Procession.

07 May 2018

Catholics mourn death of Archbishop Faulkner

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Catholic communities of South Australia and Townsville are today mourning the death of Emeritus Archbishop Leonard Faulkner.

03 Apr 2018

New primary school for Hove

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Catholic Education SA will open a new school at Hove in 2020. The school will be co-located with a planned new Catholic early learning centre.

29 Mar 2018

Media Release - Easter

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Easter brings purpose to our lives.

22 Dec 2017

Christmas message

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Fr Marshall urged Australians to take time at Christmas to go to the “quiet space” of their heart where they would find the “tender love” of God.

15 Nov 2017

Aust Marriage Law Postal Survey


'A change in civil law does not change the Catholic understanding of the nature of marriage,' Archbishop Hart.

30 Oct 2017

Today in Victoria Square

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Lunch to celebrate Lutheran-Catholic unity – Victoria Square starting at 12.30pm.

17 Aug 2017

Media award winners

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Former News Ltd journalist Samela Harris has been recognised for her pioneering work in the SA media at the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Media Citations.

26 Jul 2017

ACBC media statement

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Call for Australia to ensure safety of those seeking asylum in our region.

23 Jun 2017

Gonski 2.0

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CESA says that the new Gonski 2.0 legislation rushed through Parliament fails to deliver fair, needs-based funding for students.

31 May 2017

New director appointed

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Leading education administrator Dr Neil McGoran has been appointed to the position of Director of Catholic Education SA (CESA).

10 May 2017

ACYF Sydney 2017


Registration opens online for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held in Sydney from December 7-9.

13 Mar 2017

Foreign policy plea

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Church leaders call for more compassionate foreign policy.

08 Mar 2017

NAPLAN results

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Local Catholic schools achieve significant NAPLAN gains.

16 Feb 2017

RC full report released

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Statement from Francis Sullivan, CEO Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council.

09 Feb 2017

Statement from Vicar General on Fr John Fleming

MEDIA RELEASE  |  9 February 2017

Media Statement of Fr Philip Marshall issued on the dismissal of the High Court Appeal lodged by Fr John Fleming

The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, Fr Philip Marshall, today said:

"I was informed today that Fr Fleming's appeal to the High Court of Australia was dismissed.  I understand that this was Fr Fleming's final avenue of appeal and that, as such, the findings made in February 2016 by the Honourable Auxiliary Justice Gray remain undisturbed.

In the light of this, I have today issued a decree under Canon Law directing that Fr Fleming cease all forms of ministry.  The Decree will have immediate effect."


23 Dec 2016

Christmas message 2016

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Christmas a time for solidarity – Archbishop Philip Wilson

22 Dec 2016

Treats for worshippers

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The 1927 French-Canadian pipe organ will be in full voice for Christmas services in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral and a new Find a Mass app.

16 Nov 2016

Australian faith leaders join growing call for urgent climate action

Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu among top religious leaders to declare continued use of fossil fuels ethically untenable Australian faith leaders join growing call for urgent climate action, challenge to sovereign wealth and super funds: sever fossil fuel investments.

08 Nov 2016

High note for Cathedral pipe organ


A unique French-Canadian pipe organ will be played in the southern hemisphere for the first time this Sunday (November 13) at a commissioning Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Adelaide.

The instrument was built in 1927 by renowned organ builders the Casavant Brothers for the St Jean de la Croix Church in Montreal, Canada.

07 Sep 2016

CESA Media Statement

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Catholic School Employers seek fair deal for teachers and school families.

25 Aug 2016

Archbishop's Media Awards

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Disability magazine shines at media awards.

22 Aug 2016

Astronomer to visit Adelaide

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Astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, Br Guy Consolmagno SJ, will be the special guest speaker at a free lecture in Adelaide on August 29.

19 Aug 2016

Non-govt. schools to benefit

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CESA has welcomed SA govt's announcement that it will provide non-government schools with low interest loans for capital development.

12 Aug 2016

Catholic school Year 7 change

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Catholic schools to move Year 7 to secondary.

30 May 2016

Archbishop welcomes new Calvary Adelaide Hospital

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News today that construction will begin shortly on the $300 million Calvary Adelaide Hospital has been welcomed by the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson.

“I am pleased that Calvary is taking the initiative to build this new hospital,” he said. “It shows its real commitment to continuing to meet the long-term health care needs of all South Australians.”

11 Apr 2016

"The Joy of Love" Pope Francis between the ideal and the real

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April 8 2016

In his Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laeitia, 'The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family', Pope Francis has spoken as a true pastor who really knows the human heart and is well aware of the pressures now facing marriage and the family," said Archbishop Mark Coleridge on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference today.

25 Feb 2016

Statement on Father John Fleming

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MEDIA RELEASE – Thursday, February 25, 2016

Statement from the Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide Father Philip Marshall:

“Further to my statement yesterday, I have now had the opportunity to consider the reasons for the judgement of the Hon Auxiliary Justice Gray.

Given the findings made by the Court, Fr Fleming will now be required to cease all ministry in any form while Church processes take place.”

08 Feb 2016

Support for asylum seekers

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Church welcomes SA Premier’s call for the State to offer a home to asylum seeker families facing deportation to Nauru.

22 Dec 2015

Call for a new humanity

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Adelaide Vicar General Father Philip Marshall has called for a new humanity after the tragic events of 2015 in his Christmas message.

04 Dec 2015

ACYF - Day 2


A priest who has said Mass on Mt Everest & climbed 126 of the world’s highest peaks + X Factor contestant Fr Rob Galea are two of the hits at ACYF.

30 Nov 2015

Youth Festival draws 3000

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Adelaide's hosting the 2nd annual Australian Catholic Youth Festival this week – Dec. 3-5.

01 Jul 2015

Adelaide ready for youth

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Group registrations are now open for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival being held in Adelaide this December.





05 Jun 2015

Response to Royal Commission report on St Ann's

Media release – Friday June 5, 2015

The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide will circulate the Royal Commission's final report into the St Ann's matter to every Catholic school principal in the State.

The Truth Justice and Healing Council welcomes the release of the report.

30 Apr 2015

New Catholic Education Head appointed


Media release - Monday April 30, 2015

Ms Helen O’Brien has been appointed to the position of Director of Catholic Education SA and Chancellor in the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Announcing her appointment, Adelaide Vicar General Father Philip Marshall said Ms O’Brien had great depth and breadth of wisdom of Catholic education both in South Australia and nationally.