The Rockhampton Diocese is one of five in the State of Queensland and one of the twenty-eight dioceses in Australia. In 1930, the Diocese of Townsville was formed from the northern part of the Rockhampton Diocese. The main industries in the region are mining, grazing and farming. The coastal areas and nearby islands boast many beautiful tropical beaches. There are spectacular national parks as well as a number of carefully preserved ancient Aboriginal sites. Further west is the great Australian Outback.
The Diocese of Rockhampton came into being on 29 December 1881, previously being part of the greater Brisbane Archdiocese. In 1930, the Diocese of Townsville was formed from the Northern part of the Rockhampton Diocese.
East: The east of Queensland, between 21° and 25° S. Lat.
North: Lat. 21° as far as Long. 145°, then south as far as Lat. 22°, thence west along this line to the boundary of the Shire of Gregory North, thence along its boundary to Lat. 23°, and thence west to Northern Territory
West: Northern Territory border
South: Lat. 25°S
The Diocese covers some 414,385 square kilometres and has a total population of nearly 400,000 of which 24.6% are Catholic. There are 81 mass centres throughout the 31 Parishes within the Diocese.
The long distance between the towns that are served by a small number of clergy means that many of the worshipping communities do not have the Mass celebrated in their community every week. There is great lay involvement. Some of these worshipping communities celebrate the Liturgy of the Word with Communion regularly.