Update on response to Royal Commission recommendations

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On August 31 2018 the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia issued their initial response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse relevant to the Catholic Church. On the fifth anniversary of that response, the Conference and CRA have prepared an update as part of the Church’s ongoing efforts to be publicly accountable for how it is working to create, maintain and enhance safe environments for children and all people who are at risk.

 Bishops Conference and CRA publish Royal Commission update.pdf
 FINAL Five-Year Response to the Royal Commission.pdf

CESA freezes fees

August 18 2023

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Catholic school families will benefit from a freeze on tuition fees at 84 Diocesan schools for the 2024 year.

It will be the third consecutive year that Catholic Education SA has decided not to raise fees.

 Media release - Catholic Education freezes fees for 2024.pdf

17 Aug 2023

Bishops' statement calls for 'new engagement' with First Peoples


Australia’s Catholic bishops have called on the nation to seek “a new engagement” with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their annual Social Justice Statement launched today.

Since the 1940s, the bishops have published annual statements that urge the Catholic community to reflect and act on social, economic and ecological issues. The statements are published as a focal point for Social Justice Sunday, which will be marked on August 27 this year.

This year’s statement, Listen, Learn, Love: A New Engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, was launched in Western Sydney by Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service.

11 Jan 2023



Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

It was with great sadness that I learned of the unexpected death of Cardinal George Pell in Rome on Tuesday evening (Rome time). Cardinal Pell provided strong and clear leadership within the Catholic Church in Australia, as Archbishop of Melbourne and Archbishop of Sydney and as a member of the Bishops Conference for more than 25 years.

21 Dec 2022


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In his annual Christmas message, Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Patrick O’Regan has reminded us that in our darkest times, Christ “lights our way toward justice and peace”.

“Even when our own wicks burn dimly, the Word of God, Jesus, withstands the darkness, gently urges us forward,” he said in his message recorded at the historic Archbishop’s House on West Terrace, Adelaide.

06 Jul 2022

Catholic Education SA puts a freeze on fees

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As South Australians continue to feel the impact of COVID-19, Catholic Education SA has announced it will freeze fees at its 86 Diocesan schools for the 2023 school year. 

In 2023, schools fees will remain unchanged at: 

  • 62 diocesan Catholic primary schools
  • 2 special schools – St Patrick’s and Our Lady of La Vang
  • 22 diocesan secondary and combined colleges
28 Jan 2022

Catholic schools open and ready for the 2022 school year


Catholic schools across the State are ready to welcome their biggest intake of students when the school year commences on Wednesday February 2.

In a year of expansion and growth for Catholic Education SA, more than 48,000 students will be educated at 103 Catholic schools, including two brand new schools.

17 Dec 2021

Archbishop O'Regan's Christmas message

In a year when it seems that light has dimmed somewhat, people such as our healthcare workers show that darkness can never have the last say. Christmas shows us that even in chaos and uncertainty God is with us.

May Christmas 2021 be a time of great peace, trust and forgiveness, for you and your families and friends. May we rediscover in our lives, Jesus Christ our true light.

View the Archbishop's Christmas message here.

19 Oct 2021

Local consultation opens for global Synod of Bishops


Catholics are invited to join local consultations about their experience of synodality within the Church as part of a two-year journey towards the next international Synod of Bishops, set for October 2023.

Dioceses across the world hosted local Synod celebrations on Sunday, a week after Pope Francis officially opened the global process for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

14 Oct 2021

Australian dioceses prepare for Synod of Bishops launch

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Dioceses across Australia will this weekend hold launches to mark the commencement of local participation in the two-year journey towards the 2023 Synod of Bishops.

Last Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass to launch the global process for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which has the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission”.

24 May 2021

Catholic Education celebrates 200 years

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More than 550 students and staff from Catholic Education SA will join in a simultaneous celebration with schools throughout Australia to mark 200 years of Catholic education TODAY.

In a national first – the event will be livestreamed with participants from every corner of the country – coming together for a simultaneous Mass.

The national Mass will mark the bicentenary of the first 'official' Catholic school that opened in Parramatta, NSW, in October 1820.

20 May 2021

Catholic Education SA offers free midyear intake as enrolments continue to rise

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As South Australians continue to feel the impact of COVID-19, Catholic Education SA has announced a free midyear intake for Reception students.

The announcement comes as the number of students attending Catholic schools across the State continues to rise. Enrolments grew by 1,605* students (3.5%) this year, with more students expected to join Catholic schools as part of the July intake.  

14 May 2021

Showgrounds to host major religious festival for first time

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Thousands of Catholics from parishes and multicultural groups throughout the Archdiocese of Adelaide will converge on the Adelaide Showgrounds this Sunday for the annual Marian Procession and Peace Rally.

It is the first time the event – the State’s longest continuously run religious festival - has been held at the Wayville location.

Plans for the procession to take place on the main arena have been changed due to inclement weather and the proceedings will now take place in the Jubilee Pavilion where there is seating for 2200 people.

31 Mar 2021

Joy of Easter returns for faithful

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The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Patrick O’Regan, has welcomed with “great joy” the opportunity for large numbers of people to attend Easter services.

The Archdiocese received confirmation today that 100 per cent capacity will be allowed in places of worship with fixed seating (pews), provided masks are worn. If the number of attendees is 75 per cent of capacity or less, masks are not required.

10 Mar 2021

Sounding the alarm on climate emergency

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The bells of St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Cathedral will ring at 11am tomorrow (March 11) as more than 100 local faith communities across Australia take part in a global day of action to ‘sound the alarm’ for the climate.

Churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith groups in 15 countries are taking part in the initiative which supports a statement called Sacred People, Sacred Earth signed by prominent religious leaders including the Vatican Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Turkson.

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.