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Launcelot Goody

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Diocese  Archdiocese of Perth
Successor  William Foley
Installed  18 October 1968
Predecessor  Redmond Prendiville

Birth name  Launcelot John Goody
Province  Perth
Name  Launcelot Goody
Term ended  October 26, 1983
Other posts  Bishop of Bunbury (1954 – 1968)
Ordination  20 December 1930 (Priest) in Rome
Consecration  1 November 1951 (Bishop)
Died  May 13, 1992, Perth, Australia

Launcelot John Goody , (5 June 1908 in London – 13 May 1992 in Perth, Western Australia), an Australian metropolitan bishop, was the sixth Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth, serving from 1968 to 1983. Prior to his election as Archbishop of Perth, Goody served as the inaugural Bishop of Bunbury from 1954 to 1968.


Early years and background

When Goody was aged eight years, together with his parents he migrated to Australia from England due to his father starting to feel the effects of creeping spinal paralysis. The family arrived in Perth and were met by representatives of Archbishop Patrick Clune, having converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism some years yearlier.

Goody was ordained a priest in Rome by Archbishop Giuseppe Palica on 20 December 1930 in Rome, aged 22.

On 2 August 1951 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, as well as Titular Bishop of Abydus, and was consecrated three months later.

Bishop and Archbishop

On 12 November 1954, aged 46, he was appointed the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Bunbury, in Western Australia. On 18 October 1968, aged 60, he was appointed Archbishop of Perth, Australia. During his time as a prelate, Goody attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council.

Retiring on 26 October 1983, Goody was appointed Archbishop Emeritus of Perth; until his death on 13 May 1992, aged 83.


Goody became a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for service to the Roman Catholic Church as part of the 1977 New Year's Honour List (effective 31 December 1976). He personally received the accolade from Queen Elizabeth II during her Silver Jubilee visit to Australia in 1977. The L J Goody Bioethics Centre, an agency of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, was founded in 1985 and named in honour of Goody.


Launcelot Goody Wikipedia