Broome's first Bishop dead at 94

Bishop John Jobst

Broome's first Bishop, John Jobst SAC, has died in Austria aged 94.

Current Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders made the announcement on Saturday.

'I regret to inform you that the Emeritus Bishop of Broome, John Jobst, aged 94, died peacefully at home some eight hours ago in Innsbruck, Austria. He was the first bishop of Broome and a Pallottine Missionary.

'Funeral arrangements are forthcoming. May he rest in peace.'

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president, Archbishop Denis Hart said: 'The Australian Bishops remember Bishop John Jobst with affection and gratitude as a man of integrity and priestly goodness, and a true missionary. His care for the diocese of Broome and its aboriginal people was highly esteemed from 1959 – 1995 when he retired.

'May the Lord grant him the reward of his labours. May he rest in peace.'

Bishop Jobst was born on February 4, 1920. He was made Vicar-Apostolic of Kimberley in Western Australia on 13 January 1959. He became Bishop of Broome in 1966.

Bishop Jobst also attended all four sessions of Vatican II.

Read statement by Archbishop Hart: HERE


Image Diocese of Broome: Bishop John Jobst SAC with two of his young parishioners outside Christ the King Church, Lombadina (1990)

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