Restoration of the Former Cathedral of St John the Baptist Maitland

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St John's restoration is now complete.

What a wonderful outcome – thank you.

Over 300 of our diocesan community gathered on Sunday the 6th November to dedicate this historic church and begin its next chapter within the life of the Diocese. What a fitting culmination to our year of celebration recognising the 150th anniversary of Bishop Murray claiming St John's as his cathedral in 1866.

It was a great occasion and one which brought me personal joy and satisfaction to see this historically significant church, one of the earliest in the Diocese, saved from deterioration and decay.

Congratulations to all who contributed to the restoration project and to the event. I would also like to extend my thanks to all of the generous donors whose financial support helped us to complete the project.

I hope you will find an opportunity to visit St John's and appreciate the restoration for yourself.

The development of the broader Cathedral Street precinct is a work in progress and I look forward to its evolution over the coming months and years.


Bishop Bill Wright

Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle


VIDEO: Courtesy of Drone Media Australia.


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Week 63


Prior to restoration (2015)


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