1.2 The history of the Diocese
History of our Diocese
Previously part of the Archdiocese of Sydney, the new Diocese was created in 1986 as a means of alleviating the difficulties of ministering to a burgeoning Catholic population throughout the Archdiocese. For a brief history click here.
Br John Luttrell fms has written a history of the Diocese in A New Light in the East – A History of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay 1986-2001. It can be obtained from the Bishop David Walker Library. Br John has generously made the text of a number of chapters available for staff new to the Curia. In Chapter Four, Starting Out, Br John compares the establishment of a new diocese to the establishment of new colonies in early colonial Australia.
"Setting up a new diocese is a major operation. A new leadership has to be established, responsibilities undertaken and an identity created. One might compare the process, although on a much smaller scale, to Australia’s own development. New colonies were formed from the original colony of New South Wales: Tasmania in 1825, then South Australia and so on. In each new colony the settlers had to develop their own administration and fashion a separate identity. Broken Bay Diocese faced a similar task in 1986."
History of the Curia
Find out about the history of the Curia.