Bishop Michael Morrissey
Bishop Michael Morrissey is the ninth Bishop of Geraldton in Western Australia and is the first Bishop of Geraldton who was born, raised, ordained, and ministered in the Diocese.
Born in Geraldton, on 9 September 1952, Bishop Morrissey grew up on a station in Yalgoo, located over 200kms northeast of the town of Geraldton. He received his primary education via Correspondence and School of the Air Lessons supervised by his mother, Mrs Margaret Morrissey. His secondary education was as a boarder at Aquinas College, in Perth. He attended St Charles Seminary, Perth, and St Francis Xavier Seminary, Adelaide, South Australia.
Bishop Morrissey was Ordained to the Priesthood on 31 January 1981 in St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton and served in the following Ministries:-
1981 – 1984 Assistant Priest in the Parishes of Bluff Point and Port Hedland.
1983 – 2016 Army Chaplain, with two oversea’ s postings (achieved rank of Lieutenant Colonel)
1985 – 1992 Parish Priest Karratha, Pilbara.
1992 – 2007 Administrator of the Cathedral of St Francis Xavier, Geraldton.
1994 – 2017 Chancellor of the Diocese
2007 – 2014 Parish Priest, Mullewa.
2007 – 2017 Vicar General of the Diocese.
2014 – 2017 Administrator of the Cathedral of St Francis Xavier, Geraldton.
On the eve of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Wednesday 28 June, in the Bishop Bianchini Gymnasium at Nagle in Geraldton, Bishop Morrissey celebrated his Episcopal Ordination. Unfortunately, due to interior conservation / renovations, St Francis Xavier Cathedral was closed and unavailable.
Bishop Morrissey’s motto is “Trust in the Lord” from Proverbs 3:5.