“The Holy Father was saddened to learn of the damage inflicted upon the Cathedral in Bunbury by the recent tornado and he wishes to express his spiritual closeness to all who grieve over the loss of this sacred building. He prays that the faithful of the Diocese will look to the future with confidence as they begin construction of their new Cathedral, a sign of their hope and trust in the Lord. Commending all the priests, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese to the protection of Our Lady, Help of Christians, His Holiness cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing.”

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State-Vatican City, Rome

“The destruction of St Patrick’s Cathedral was a great loss not just to the parish but also to the wider community of Bunbury”

John Howard, Prime Minister

“St Patrick’s Cathedral was undoubtedly one of the most important buildings in Bunbury. As well as providing a focal point for the Catholic community, it was a true icon sitting prominently on the Bunbury skyline. The loss of St Patrick’s has been a blow for the entire Bunbury community”

Alan Carpenter MLA, Premier of Western Australia

People need a place to be at home. The church must be a home for the majesty of God. Not the down to earthiness of God, but the majesty of God.

Catholic Dossier

“The Bishop is to be considered the high priest of his flock…therefore all should hold in very high esteem the liturgical life of the diocese which centres around the bishop, especially in his Cathedral Church…”

Documents of Vatican II

“As a community we must ensure our history is safeguarded, so that our children and grandchildren understand that in our past we have found the foundation for our future”