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Welcome From the Bishop of Bunbury

The Catholic Diocese of Bunbury welcomes you. This website serves as a means of communication for our parishes, scattered across the South-Western portion of the State of Western Australia.

Ours is one of the most rapidly growing dioceses in the country. It includes some of the most rapidly increasing population centres in Australia.

I hope this website will be of service to all outside the Diocese who seek to learn something of our Catholic life.

God bless

The Most Reverend Gerard Holohan
Bishop of Bunbury

The Vocation and Mission of the family in the Church and contemporary world

Pope Francis called a special Synod in Rome on marriage and the family in the context of the new evangelisation. The first session was held last October, and widely reported.

The second session will be held in October 2015. In preparation for this session, a working document – based on the first session held this year – has been circulated by the Vatican for consultation.

The Vatican has given Catholics around the world the opportunity to comment on the Lineamenta (or working document ) for the second Session of the Synod on marriage and the family in the context of New Evangelisation.

The Vocation and Mission of the family in the Church and contemporary world - Lineamenta can be downloaded here.

Those wishing to respond can either complete the form online here or download the response form here and email their responses into the Bunbury Diocesan Office by the close of business on Thursday, 12 February, so they can be forwarded to Canberra for collating by the close of business the following Monday.

Pastoral Letter - Let us reflect on our common home.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has written a new encyclical about the environment, our common home with all other human beings and creatures, entitled ‘Praise be to you, Lord’. The Pope is calling for a new conversation involving the whole of humanity on ‘care for our common home’.

I urge all Catholics to read the encyclical and to discuss its ideas whenever opportunities arise in their families and among their friends, neighbours, clubs and places of work and sport.  In essence, the encyclical gives an overview of the environmental problems we face and invites reflection from the perspective of basic Catholic moral teaching.

 Read more here

Catholic Development Funds (CDF’s) Join Forces


29th April 2016

A strategic partnership has been entered into today between the Bunbury CDF and the CDF partnership of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Diocese of Sale.

The partnership will deliver improved outcomes that will enhance the mission of the Church in this region and prepare it for the challenges ahead through an expanded capital base and greater collaboration on key products and services.

Commenting on the new partnership Bishop Holohan said “Partnering with the Melbourne/Sale CDF, will benefit our CDF customers and assist the Diocese and its pastoral works to become more sustainable in the long term.

Read more here

Catholic Diocese of Bunbury
PO Box 2005, Bunbury WA 6231 - Diocesan Office: 08 9721 0500