Our Parish is a part of the Diocese of Parramatta, which was established by Pope John Paul II on 8 April 1986. Prior to this, St Matthew's was a part of the Archdiocese of Sydney. There is a link to the Diocesan webpage below.
Our Parish also works in close association with our three schools, Chisholm Primary, St Matthew's Primary, and our secondary school, Bede Polding College. Links to their websites can be found below also.
Bede Polding College is a comprehensive, co-educational Catholic school established in 1986 to serve the parish of St Matthew’s, Windsor and St Monica’s Richmond and the needs of the people of the Hawkesbury. The College was founded under the leadership and guidance of the Marist Brothers and the Good Samaritan Sisters. From a founding class of 112 students the College now caters for a student population of 1200 across Years 7 to 12.
Chisholm Catholic Primary embraces each student as an individual with unique qualities and talents. The school promotes a culture of dignity and respect for all and asks its students to set high standards for themselves. In all areas of their lives our students are supported and stimulated.
St Matthew's Primary, Windsor, established in 1832, is the oldest living Catholic school in Australia and caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. St Matthew's offers highly qualified, experienced and dedicated teaching staff in touch with modern teaching practices. At St Matthew's we foster the partnership between parents and school, ensuring the ongoing educative and spiritual formation of the children
The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta was created by Pope John Paul II on 8 April 1986 but most parishes are much older – Parramatta parish was established in 1827, Windsor in 1832 and Penrith in 1839, while Rouse Hill was formed in 2007.
The first Bishop of Parramatta, Bishop Bede Heather, was installed on 19 May 1986. He was succeeded by Bishop Kevin Manning (1996-2010). Bishop Anthony Fisher OP is the third Bishop of Parramatta.
Today, the Diocese is home to around 330,000 Catholics in one of the fastest-growing areas of New South Wales, Australia.