Joseph Eric D'Arcy

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Joseph Eric D'Arcy (1988 - 1999)

Born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1924. He was educated at De La Salle College, Malvern, studied for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College, Werribee, and was ordained a priest in 1949.

He took an Honours Degree in Arts at Melbourne University, winning the Exhibition in Philosophy. He went on to receive the Master’s Degree, with First Class Honours. In Rome he received his Ph.D. from the Gregorian University. In Oxford he was the first Australian born Philosopher ever to receive the Oxford Doctorate. For 20 years Dr. D’Arcy was a member of the academic staff of Melbourne University, which appointed him Reader in recognition of the international standing achieved by his publications.

In 1981 he became Bishop of Sale (Vic.) and also a Member of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Non-Believers, on which he served continuously. In 1988 he became Archbishop of Hobart, and was also appointed a Member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Education.

He resigned in 1999 and moved to Melbourne to live in retirement.

Emeritus Archbishop D’Arcy died in Melbourne on 12 December 2005 and was buried at St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart, on 19 December 2005 following a Mass of Christian Burial attended by hundreds of Tasmanians and more than fifty Archbishops, Bishops and Priests from around Australia.