Pope Francis has invited Catholics from every diocese in the world, including the Armidale Diocese, to participate in a worldwide questionnaire on the many challenges facing the family today.
The information collected will form the basis of discussion at an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that Pope Francis has called in October 2014. The theme of the Synod will be: Pastoral Challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation.
Catholics interested in participating are asked to read a Preparatory document. It includes an overview of topics such as Family and Evangelisation, The Plan of God, Creator and Redeemer and The Church’s teaching on the Family. This is followed by 38 questions under nine sub headings designed to stimulate thought on a variety of topics. Those choosing to participate are not required to answer every question.
If you would like to provide responses these should be sent to chancery@armidale.catholic.org.au by 29th November 2013 using the word document with the questions below. These responses will be considered as part of the Armidale diocesan submission. Documents relating to the Synod are:
Lineamenta AEIII IN

Synod on Family Questions


The local response will then be forwarded to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). The ACBC will then prepare a national response to forward to Rome.



Cathedral Centenary 19- 21 October 2012

Centenary Sunday Mass Introduction 21 October 2012

Centenary Homily Sunday Mass 21 October 2012

Centenary Mass for Religious Introduction 19 October 2012

Centenary Homily Mass for Religious 19 October 2012


WYD 2013

Visit the Armidale Diocese WYD blog at
In 2013 World Youth Day will be held in Rio de Janeiro from 23 to 28 July.  It’s motto is ”Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28, 19).
Armidale Diocese has joined Parramatta Diocese in organising official pilgrimages to WYD Rio.

For informaton about the Armidale & Parramatta WYD arrangements visit:

To register and pay the deposit for a pilgrimage go to Harvest Pilgrimages:

The Vatican WYD site includes historical information on past events


Lent 2013

Sowing in Tears – Lenten Pastoral Letter of the Bishops of NSW


Friday Penance in Lent 2013

Whitlam Inquiry

Report commissioned by Bishops of Armidale & Parramatta

Media Release Whitlam Report Released

Statement by Bishop Kennedy

Pastoral Letter

Media Release Whitlam Report received 13 December 2012

Independent Inquiry by Hon Antony Whitlam QC Terms of Reference 23 July 2012