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Statistical Overview

Some statistical figures below are taken from the 2011 Australian Census

Download the Diocesan Social Profile 2011 in PDF

The Archdiocese of Perth, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is located in Perth, the capital city of the State of Western Australia. It is bounded in the north by the Diocese of Geraldton, in the east by the South Australian border, and in the south by the Diocese of Bunbury and by the Southern Ocean in its south-east corner. Perth is the Metropolitan See for the Province of Western Australia which includes the Dioceses of Bunbury, Geraldton and Broome.

CATHOLIC POPULATION:

  • Total population: 1,748,767
  • Catholic population: 426,872
  • Catholics make up 24.4 per cent of the population
  • Median age of Catholics: 37 years
  • Total Catholic families: 160,355
  • Catholics born overseas: 145,014

PARISHES:

  • Number of parishes: 109
  • Parishes Metropolitan: 94
  • Parishes Country: 15

CATHOLIC EDUCATION:

Catholic Schools
  • Primary schools: 89
  • Secondary schools: 33
  • 95 per cent of Catholic students are at or above the National Minimum Standard (2011)
Seminary System
  • St Charles' Seminary with 12 seminarians
  • Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary with 15 seminarians
Catholic Universities
  • 1 Catholic University

CATHOLIC HOSPITALS

  • 4 Catholic hospitals

DIOCESAN PRIESTS, DEACONS, WOMEN AND MEN RELIGIOUS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE

  • Priests Diocesan: 177
  • Priests Religious: 84
  • Permanent Deacons: 13
  • Priests from other Dioceses: 18
  • Religious Brothers: 46
  • Religious Sisters: 357

BOUNDARIES OF ARCHDIOCESE OF PERTH

  • Area of Archdiocese: 471,118km sq
  • Perimeter of Archdiocese: 3,530km

The Archdiocese comprises the territory bounded on the north from the Indian Ocean due east along 30° S latitude to 120° E longitude, thence due north to 29° S, thence due east to 129° E (WA/SA border); on the east by the WA/SA border; on the south from the Indian Ocean due east along 32° 25' S latitude to 116° E longitude, thence due south to 32° 45' 6" S, thence due east to the coast of the Great Australian Bight; on the west by the Indian Ocean.

Christmas Island and Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean are pastorally cared for by the Archdiocese although they are not within its jurisdiction.

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