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Bishop Kennedy Statement re: John Farrell Sentencing (Click here)


Papal Exhortation on the Family

Amoris Laetitia The Joy of Love On Love in the Family (click here)

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference media release on Amoris Laetitia

media release_Amoris Laetitia_ACBC (click here)

Media Release Loud Fence (click here)

Pastoral letter (click here)


Pastoral Assistant Barraba announcement (click here)

Chancery office relocation

The Chancery office along with ADIG are relocating to the Cathedral Precinct. The move commences Friday 16th October, 2015 and we open in our new offices Tuesday 20th October, 2015.

Our new address is 3/131 Barney Street Armidale. Until the completion of the car parking facilities our only entrance is via the Barney Street gate.

Our phone, email and PO Box contact details remain unchanged.

Syrian refugee support

Statement and request for information in relation to support of Syrian refugee resettlement in Australia by Bishop Michael Kennedy

Syrian refugees Bishop Kennedy letter

Synod on the Family

A series of short videos (less than 2 min) have been produced of Archbishop Coleridge and Bishop Hurley speaking about the Synod.

Follow this link to view them: You will find other resources of interest here as well.

Bishop Hurley at Paul Vi Hall, the #Synod2015 venue

Bishop Hurley at Paul Vi Hall, the #Synod2015 venue

Australia’s Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Bishop Eugene Hurley are preparing to speak at the Synod on the Family in Rome.

On Sunday 4th October, the Australian representatives lodged what’s called the petitio loquendi, which means a request to speak for three minutes at the Synod in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

The XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops commenced on Sunday 4th October with an opening Mass in St Peter’s Basilica celebrated by Pope Francis who will lead the Synod over the next three weeks until it concludes on Sunday 25th October


Synod on the Family blog 

‘On the Road Together’ is being updated daily with posts and photos from our representatives at the Synod.

Bishop Kennedy speaks at SERRA International Conference 2015

Click here to see Bishop Kennedy speak on “Developing our charisms for the building up of the Church”


JUSTICE FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS – Social Justice Statement – 2015-2016

World Mental Health Day – Saturday 10th October

  1. World Mental Health Day prayer card

  2. World Mental Health Day Parish kit

  3. Healing Wounds and Warming Hearts



Healing Families for a Fully Human World

An opinion Editorial by Bishop Kennedy, Australian Catholic Bishop Delegate for Marriage


Changes to Marriage Tribunal

Fr John MacDonald gives a brief explanation of the document from Pope Francis concerning some changes to the process for declaring Nullity of Marriage

Pope Francis granting priests faculty to absolve sin of abortion during Year of Mercy

Bishop Kennedy clarifies this announcement in relation to Australian practice.


Homily on the Eucharist and Marriage

In this homily Bishop Kennedy highlights that many of Jesus’ followers opposed his teaching on the Eucharist and his teaching on marriage. We all have to make a choice.


 Marriage & Family Sunday 26th July, 2015

Bishop Kennedy focuses on the importance of families to create a more human world.


Marriage Alliance

Marriage Alliance

You may have seen in the news recently that a group of concerned people known as the Marriage Alliance have launched a public campaign inviting people to pause and think about the consequences that would likely accompany a change to the legal definition of marriage. You might also have seen their TV commercial, although it has been banned by channels 7 and 10. I am familiar with the Marriage Alliance and am entirely supportive of their work. It is only proper that a national discussion on such an important matter as marriage be properly informed.

For your information I am providing below a link to the Marriage Alliance Website as well as a link to their donations page and their TV commercial. I urge you to share this information with your family and friends.

Most Reverend Michael Kennedy

Bishop of Armidale

To watch the TV commercial click here

Marriage Alliance website

Donate to support




Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops of Australia

to all Australians on the “Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Dont Mess with Marriage

 Media Release

28 May 2015

As the debate about ‘same-sex marriage’ gains momentum nationally, the Australian Catholic Bishops believe it is important to highlight the meaning of marriage. Given the implications of redefining marriage, today we are issuing a pastoral letter to the Catholic community. You will be aware this week, in the context of the Irish referendum, both the Labor Party and the Greens have announced they will introduce draft legislation to allow two people of the same sex to marry.

Marriage is both a personal relationship between a man and a woman, and the protective institution for their children. Marriage includes an emotional union, but it goes further than that. It involves a comprehensive bodily and spiritual union of a man and a woman.  This union of a man and woman is the natural reproductive and protective environment for raising children. Marriage is the foundation of the family unit, which is in turn the first cell of society.

If the union of a man and a woman is different – not the same – as other unions, then justice demands that we treat that union accordingly.  If marriage is an institution designed to support people of the opposite sex to be faithful to each other and to the children of their union it is not discrimination to reserve it to them.

The Christian tradition teaches that every human being is a unique and irreplaceable person, created in the image of God and loved by Him. Because of this, every man, woman and child has great dignity and worth which can never be taken away. This includes those who experience same-sex attraction. They must be treated with respect, sensitivity and love.

Redefining marriage in the way now proposed would see marriage reduced to a committed, affectionate sexual relationship between any two people. All marriages would come to be defined by intensity of emotion rather than a union founded on sexual complementarity and potential fertility. Husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, will be seen to be wholly interchangeable social constructs, as gender would no longer matter.

Chair of the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and Life, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP said, “It is unjust, gravely unjust, to legitimise the false assertion that there is nothing distinctive about a man and a woman, a father or a mother; to ignore the particular values that real marriage serves; to ignore the importance for children of having a mum and a dad, committed to them and to each other for the long haul.

 Children have a right to grow up with their natural mother and father, where possible. We should not be redefining marriage so as deliberately to exclude a child growing up with either their mother, their father, or both their parents.

 “If the civil law ceases to define marriage as traditionally understood, it will be a serious injustice and undermine that common good for which the civil law exists.

 “Surely there are other ways of honouring the friendships of same-sex attracted and other people without further deconstructing marriage and the family,” Archbishop Fisher said.


Message of the Synod Assembly on the pastoral challenges

to the family in the context of evangelisation

Vatican City, 18 October 2014 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Message of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation” (5-19 October). The speakers were Cardinals Raymundo Damasceno Assis, archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil, delegate president; Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and president of the Commission for the Message and Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India. The full text of the message is available here:

Message of the Synod Assembly


In Solidarity with persecuted Christians

Statement of the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon

Statement of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference


“All must be unanimous in condemning unequivocally these crimes and denouncing the invocation of religion to justify them”

Read the full statement via this link:

Statement of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue



About the Diocese

The Diocese of Armidale covers a significant portion of North Western NSW – in total it covers 91,500 square kilometres. Originally established in 1869 the Diocese went as far east as the South Pacific Ocean and was 120,000 square kilometres.

In 1887 the coastal area was separated and the Diocese of Lismore created. At the same time the northern section of the then Maitland Diocese was moved to Armidale Diocese giving the new Armidale diocese the parishes of Tamworth and Gunnedah. Armidale Diocese now borders Toowoomba, Lismore, Maitland Newcastle, Bathurst and Wilcannia-Forbes Dioceses.

There are 25 parishes, 24 schools and 1 university residential college. The links to the left of the page give you the opportunity to find out more about different parts of the Diocese.


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