Bishop Francis Xavier Thomas, Geraldton's fifth bishop, and the third to come from Victoria was aged 56 years and had been a Bendigo priest for 32 years.‚‚  He was faced by the fresh challenge of new mining ventures, this time the iron won in the Pilbara, requiring the establishment of a dozen churches and mass centres to cater for a very mobile catholic population.‚‚  At the same time schools saw the decline in the number of religious teachers to less than the‚‚  number‚‚  50 years early.‚‚  And with the reorganisation, the number of schools actually decreased while enrolments continued to reach record levels.‚‚  His 19 years in charge finished when he reached 75 in 1981, followed by his death in retirement 6 years later.

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)