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St. Mary's Star of the Sea Cathedral

Catholic Diocese of Darwin, NT Australia

Darwin  +61889462831 


In the Northern Territory Times of 15 July 1882 it was reported that “Two Roman Catholic priests of the Order of the Sacred Heart …came ashore and baptised some young children belonging to Catholic families”

This is the first record of activity of the Church in Darwin.

In September 1882, four Jesuit priests, led by Fr Anthony Strele, established a Catholic Mission Station, and within a few years built a church on the site of the current Presbytery.

The existing Cathedral grew out of a need for a new and larger church, as Darwin grew after the end of the 2nd World War.

St Mary’s Star of the Sea is a War Memorial Cathedral. The first sod was turned in December 1957; the foundation stone was laid in July 1958 by Most Rev J P O’Loughlin MSC; the official opening, with solemn blessing by Bishop O’Loughlin took place on 19 August 1962.

Open Hours
Week Days - 06.00 to 18.00
Sat/ Sunday- 06.00 to 20.00

Times of Liturgical Celebrations
Moly Mass - Mon. to Fri. - 6.30 am and 12.10 noon
Saturday - 11.30 and 18.30

Sunday - 07.30, 09.30 and 19.00

Eucharistic Adoration Every Friday 18.00 to 19.00

Sacrament of Anointing Last Saturday of the month at 11.30 Mass

Hours for Confession
Every Saturday 10.30 to 11.20 and 17.30 to 18.20

Other Information
During the Year of Mercy priests are available for Confession everyday from 08.00 to 18.00


90 Smith Str. , GPO Box No. 229, Darwin, NT, Australia, Darwin, Australia