Bishop James O'Collins, the third bishop and also from Melbourne, was 34 years of age and a priest of only 7 years when in 1930 he set about rallying the diocese for a remarkable 11 years of expansion - much of it in the expanding wheatlands around Geraldton. Notwithstanding the economic depression that lasted almost all of the decade, he saw parishes double in number, while priest numbers trebled and religious sisters reached 133. Many of the churches and schools were to Hawe's designs, culminating in the 1938 formal completion of the cathedral masterpiece.

Vision Statement

We are:

* a welcoming community which reaches out to all
* celebrating Christ's presence
* joyfully living out our Christian calling across distance and diversity

This vision states that as a Diocese, we aim to be a welcoming, missionary, centred on Christ, and each striving to live one's particular vocation. It is in living out our calling that we praise God, follow Christ, influence society and achieve the goal of eternal life won for us by Christ. In the parishes we have encouraged people to measure whatever they do against this Diocesan vision.

Catholic Diocese

7 Maitland Street
PO Box 46
Geraldton WA 6531

Chancery Ph: +61 8 9921 3221

Cathedral Parish Ph: +61 8 9964 1608 (diverts a/hrs)