The Precinct

At the heart of the Catholic Archdiocese is its Cathedral Church and the Cathedral Precinct – the arms and legs that will ultimately fulfill the Diocesan mission of liturgy, education and service.

This precinct is made up of several components including the Cathedral of St Stephen, St Stephen Chapel, the Francis Rush Centre, Parish Offices..


Our Mision

Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.

And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time – Matthew 28,18-20

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Groups & Ministries

The various ministries of St. Stephen’s parish provide you with a wide variety of ways of connecting with the community. Through these ministries you can learn and grow as an individual, meet others who share your values, and reach out to serve the larger parish and city.

We hope there’s something for everyone here. If not, join us in creating future ministries.


Our History

Building a cathedral often takes centuries. In addition, the great cathedrals of the world rarely follow a single style. They bear the marks of every century as people added, embellished or replaced part of the cathedral in their own style.

The changes of style themselves are witness to a living tradition of faith in that place. Bishop Quinn, the first bishop…


“The stones of St Stephen’s Cathedral are silent witnesses to the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of generations of Catholic families.”

St Stephen icon In the quiet corners of this cathedral, those who shed tears of regret have found peace, those who sighed with weariness have gone out with new strength, those who were lost have discovered a way.

Under the arches of this building, candles of hope and trust have flickered through the years. Here, those in love have pledged to be true to one another all the days of their lives. Here, they have brought their children to be baptised and confirmed as followers of Christ. Here, they have said their last farewell to those whose death they mourn. Here, on countless occasions, the local Church has gathered around the bishop to celebrate its unity in the Eucharist.

The cathedral takes its name from the ‘cathedra’ or bishop’s seat, symbol of the chief pastor and teacher of the local Church. In the cathedral, parish communities find a sign of their fellowship with each other and the expression of their unity with the Church throughout the world. The cathedral is therefore not only an important place for those who use it regularly, but for the whole city of Brisbane as it provides a sanctuary and an oasis of green that invites people to rest awhile.


Very Rev Peter Brannelly, Dean

Very Rev Peter Brannelly

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Most Reverend Mark Coleridge

Archbishop of Brisbane

Rev Odinaka Nwadike

Associate Pastor