10 Jun 2020

Back to Mass for a few

South Australian Catholics have returned to Mass, albeit in much smaller numbers, following the easing of restrictions on places of worship.

10 Jun 2020

Changing the way young people experience Church

The suspension of Masses and cancellation of gatherings over the past few months have proved challenging for parishioners, but for young people the opportunity to readily access more resources online has been a welcome addition to their faith lives...

03 Jun 2020

God is good indeed - Archbishop Patrick's installation homily

My dear sisters and brothers, I greet each one of you today. Had things been different, I would dearly have loved that as many of you as possible could have been here today.

26 May 2020

Moving celebration for Adelaide's new shepherd

Archbishop Patrick O’Regan was installed in a near empty Cathedral today but the occasion was full of beauty, grace and emotion as the former Bishop of Sale and priest of Bathurst committed himself to his new flock.

22 May 2020

New dates for Plenary assemblies

The two assemblies for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia will now take place in October 2021 and April 2022, following the disruption of the original schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

21 May 2020

Frequently asked questions about new archbishop and the installation

The installation will be live streaming on Monday, May 25, 10.30am and replayed at 4pm on Ch 44, here's some FAQs that will help you understand what's going on. Details of Mass booklet and FAQs here.

21 May 2020

Unique start to new Archbishop’s journey

While they may not be physically present for the installation of Archbishop O’Regan on Monday, the faithful of Adelaide will give a warm welcome to him through a video to be played before the service in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.

20 May 2020

Prayers for children and families during coronavirus

During this time of the coronavirus and during any time of distress within the family or within the world, we need to be mindful of our children in all aspects of their wellbeing.

08 May 2020

Limited reopening of churches welcomed

The Catholic Church in SA has welcomed the announcement by Premier Steven Marshall that churches may reopen for private prayer and that funeral numbers have increased.

07 May 2020

Thank you Bishop O'Kelly

As the Archdiocese prepares to welcome its new leader, Archbishop-designate Patrick O’Regan, we pay tribute to Bishop Greg for his tireless efforts in the role of Apostolic Administrator for the past two years...

01 May 2020

Family's plea for prayers for COVID-19 patient answered

The Faraguna family knows only too well the importance of prayer in a crisis.

01 May 2020

Moment of grace for Archdiocese

Patrick O’Regan will be installed as the ninth Archbishop of Adelaide on the solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians, Monday May 25, at 10.30am in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.

19 Apr 2020

Archbishop O'Regan to be installed in May

Patrick O’Regan will be installed as the ninth Archbishop of Adelaide on the solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians, Monday May 25, at 10.30am in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.

14 Apr 2020

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10 Apr 2020

Hand of comfort

As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holiest time of the year... the image of Jesus being comforted by Mary on his way to the cross symbolises the need for us to care for each other...

09 Apr 2020

Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ Easter Pastoral Letter

In its history the Church has often had to live through times of plague and pestilence. In such times there is a combination of suffering and dread. Plague was like a walking assassin, unknown and undetectable. In the twenty-first century we thought we were beyond such experiences. Never did we think there would be such an international calamity.

31 Mar 2020

Pray and care for each other in testing times

In the wake of churches closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, members of different Christian communities in Adelaide are being encouraged to pray together at the same time each Friday morning.

20 Mar 2020

New Archbishop of Adelaide appointed

Bishop Patrick O’Regan, currently Bishop of the Diocese of Sale in Victoria, will be the new Archbishop of Adelaide.

20 Mar 2020

Rituals mark opening of new Calvary hospital

A traditional smoking ceremony from Kaurna and Nurrunga man Jack Buckskin and a blessing by Bishop O'Kelly SJ marked the official opening of the new $345m Calvary Adelaide Hospital.

19 Mar 2020

Bishop Greg O'Kelly's message re COVID-19

Our Church in South Australia and beyond faces an extraordinary situation when for the first time in our history Mass will not be celebrated in our parish churches, until further notice.

13 Mar 2020

Guidelines for preventing the spread of coronavirus

Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ – I am sure that commonsense and prudence of the priests and deacons will ensure that everything is done to contain the possible spread of the coronavirus.

11 Mar 2020

Coronavirus update

A number of questions have arisen concerning Holy Week, visiting the sick and collections. Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ offers guidelines. 

07 Feb 2020

Parishes rally to aid bushfire recovery

A month after bushfires devastated areas of the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island, local parishioners have spoken about picking up the pieces with the support of their local Catholic communities and charities. 

04 Feb 2020

Edwards Fellowship

Renowned theologian and Adelaide priest Fr Denis Edwards, who died suddenly last March, has been honoured with a new fellowship in his name at the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

17 Dec 2019

Bishop Greg's Pastoral Letter – Hope Born Again

How do we find joy in Christmas when we are reeling from the unspeakably sad and tragic deaths on White Island? How do we celebrate at a time when we are grieving the loss of beautiful lives and the shocking burns to others? How do we rejoice in the Feast of Family when so many families are in grief?

13 Dec 2019

Next chapter for Calvary

When the Calvary Adelaide Hospital opens its doors to patients in the second week of January it will be a proud moment in the 120-year history of the provision of health care by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary in Adelaide.

10 Dec 2019

Ordination to the Diaconate

In a joyful celebration, Tee Ping Koh and Alfred Donat were ordained deacons by Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ on November 29. Click here to view images.

22 Nov 2019

Moving tribute to Daughters of St Paul

After 57 years serving the South Australian Catholic community, the Daughters of St Paul were farewelled at a thanksgiving Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on November 21.

30 Oct 2019

Spotlight on Plenary 2020

The Plenary Council, which kicks off in Adelaide next year, is a “remarkable event” which has significance for the whole Church, not just Catholics in Australia, says Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

15 Oct 2019

Feast of St Daniel Comboni

Bright colours and joyous music filled St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on Sunday as the African Catholic Community joined together to celebrate the Feast of St Daniel Comboni.

10 Oct 2019

Amazon Synod under way

The sixth General Congregation of the Special Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region began...in the presence of Pope Francis. The Synod for the Amazon is taking place in the Vatican ‪until October 27.‬

01 Oct 2019

New Vietnamese church a blessing

The future of the Vietnamese Catholic Community has been further strengthened with the dedication of its new 1200-seat church at Pooraka on Sunday September 29.

25 Sep 2019

Celebrating multiculturalism

The cultures and traditions of Catholics from around the world were celebrated at the annual Multicultural Mass held in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on August 25.

25 Sep 2019


The Anniversaries Mass held at St Patrick’s Church, Grote Street, on September 22 was an opportunity for members of the Catholic community to recognise the significant anniversary of their ordination or marriage.

03 Sep 2019

Final chapter for Catholic bookshop

After 57 years in Adelaide, Catholic bookshop Pauline Books and Media will close its doors this month.

02 Sep 2019

Listening like a disciple – Bishop O'Kelly SJ

There are two categories of people on Twitter – those called “followers” and those called “following”. Is that what discipleship means?

01 Sep 2019

Hearing voices of children and young people

Children will be encouraged to have a say and write down their thoughts during National Child Protection Week in September.

28 Aug 2019

Happily married for 70 years, thanks to God

They met at a Catholic dance in Broken Hill and he swept her off her feet. Now after being happily married for 70 years, John and Eleanor Raftery have some good old fashioned advice for the newlyweds of today.

16 Aug 2019

Adelaide visit part of Plenary Council preparations

The Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council and its Executive Committee have met in Adelaide for the first time, 14 months before the Council’s opening session.

02 Aug 2019

Bishop Greg conversing with Pope Francis

In June I spent two weeks in Rome for the Ad Limina Apostolorum which means Threshold of the Apostles, referring to Saints Peter and Paul, both martyred and interred in Rome.

01 Aug 2019

Time to listen to Indigenous voices

Human rights lawyer Fr Frank Brennan has urged Australians to put their faith in current Indigenous members of Parliament to find the right words for a referendum on constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

01 Jul 2019

Precious document in good hands

When Pope Pius XII decided to appoint Matthew Beovich as Archbishop of Adelaide, he did what popes before him had been doing for centuries and issued a papal bull...

01 Jul 2019

Youth gather for Pentecost Vigil

More than 100 young people came together on the June long weekend to celebrate the Pentecost Vigil at The Monastery.

31 May 2019

Plans for L’Arche house in Adelaide

The founder of L’Arche Communities, Jean Vanier, died last month but his legacy will live on in the more than 150 communities in 38 countries around the world.

12 May 2019

A bishop's best friend

Jezabel, an 11-year-old Kelpie Border Collie, has been Bishop Greg's constant companion, watching over him from the back seat and offering the occasional bark to keep him alert while travelling between Pirie and Adelaide.

07 May 2019

One step closer to priesthood

Pat Lopresti has moved a step forward on his journey to the priesthood following his ordination to the diaconate in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral last month.

07 May 2019

Adelaide Chancellor on governance review panel

Adelaide Archdiocese Chancellor Pauline Connelly has been appointed to a national panel convened by the ACBC to conduct a review of the governance and management structures of Catholic dioceses and parishes.

18 Apr 2019

Pastoral Letter for Easter 2019

Bishop Greg: The world has been riveted by the sight of Notre Dame Cathedral burning in Paris. It is the greatest symbol the French have, and has been with them for almost nine centuries...

10 Apr 2019

Stations of the Cross

Every year on Good Friday large numbers of Catholics gather in groups to remember the Passion of Christ by praying the Stations of the Cross.

10 Apr 2019

Ashes and Life

On Ash Wednesday one year ago a school shooting massacre occurred at the Parkland High School in Florida, resulting in 17 deaths and a large number of wounded. Displayed prominently was a photo of anguished mothers arriving at the school to find out whether or not their child was a victim.

28 Feb 2019

Letter from Bishop O'Kelly SJ

Everyone carrying the name of Catholic must feel bowed down with some sense of shame and even anger at what the crimes of clergy and Church personnel has wreaked upon us as a community. The strength of the media coverage these days reflects a rightful anger on the part of the wider community at the betrayal which such crimes represent, and the hypocrisy they reveal. It is wider than simply the case of Cardinal Pell, and no judgement should be made there until the result of the appeal. Greater than our pain, of course, is the suffering the victims of abuse have been enduring for many years. To continue to do whatever we can to ensure that such crimes do not repeat themselves, and to do whatever we can to help victims and to purify the Church must be a prime response.