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Significant Pioneers

Significant Early Pioneers in the Church in Sydney

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Downside Abbey - the home of the first two Archbishops of Sydney.

The Previous Archbishops of the Archdiocese of Sydney

The Predecessor Auxiliary and Co-adjutor Archbishops of the Archdiocese of Sydney

  1. Charles Henry Davis OSB, 1848-1854. Also Titular Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle.
  2. Joseph Higgins, 1889. (Appointed Bishop of Rockhampton 1889).
  3. Michael Sheehan, Co-adjutor Archbishop 1922-1937.
  4. Eris Norman Michael O'Brien, 1948-1953. (Appointed Bishop of Canberra-Goulburn 1953.)
  5. Patrick Francis Lyons, 1950-1956. (Appointed Co-adjutor Bishop Sale 1956. Bishop 1957-1967.)
  6. James Patrick Carroll, 1954-1965. Retired 1984. Died 1995.
  7. James Darcy Cardinal Freeman, 1957-1969
  8. Thomas William Muldoon, 1960-1986.
  9. Edward Francis Kelly MSC, 1969-1975. (Appointed Bishop of Toowoomba 1975.)
  10. Edward Bede Cardinal Clancy AC, 1973-1978. (Appointed Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn, 1978-1983.)
  11. Patrick Lawrence Murphy, 1977-1986. (Appointed Bishop of Broken Bay 1986.)
  12. Bede Vincent Heather, 1979-1986. (Appointed Bishop of Parramatta 1986.)
  13. John Edward Heaps, 1981-1992. (Retired 1992)
  14. Peter William Ingham, 1993-2001. (Appointed Bishop of Wollongong 2001.)

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