St James' Cathedral

Townsville Queensland Australia

  • Contact Us:

    Dean Rod MacDonald

    Parish Centre
    Tel: 0400 499 616


  • Visitors

    • 95,708 visits

About Us



St James’ Cathedral strives to welcome all people. We offer  joyful and prayerful services which combine the best of the traditional Anglican liturgy and music with modern relevance. You do not have to be an Anglican to enjoy our services. Everyone is welcome to enter and partake of the sacred space that is St James’ Cathedral.


Mothers’ Union

The MU promotes the well being of families by practical support for families and  offering support for people at the Family court. St James’ MU meets after the 9.30 am service on the first Friday of each month (December and January excluded). New members are warmly welcome.

Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers is an Anglican organisation that offers fellowship and a warm welcome in centres where seafarers can relax away from their ships, meet local people and contact their homes. Staff greet ships, offer support, visit seafarers in hospital or prison, help crews in emergencies and further the seafarers world-wide fight for justice and equitable treatment. The Mission runs the Flying Angel Seafarers Club, at Berth 9, which has a chapel, a canteen and offers various other services. Seafarers are always welcome, as are volunteers to help at the canteen. Contact 4772 2774

Pastoral Care Groups

The Cathedral parishioners offer pastoral care at nursing homes and at the prison. Parishioners are also engaged with the Townsville Street Chaplains, which cares for the vulnerable at the nigthtclub strip. At St James’ here are opportunities for all people to share God’s grace in different areas.

Study Group

A Christian discussion group meets on  Thursdays for fellowship, prayer and discussion of Christian books. Meetings are held in a parishioner’s home at 7.30 pm. New members are always welcome. Call 4771 2247 and someone will contact you.

Square Haloes

A prayer and discussion group which looks at different types of prayer (ignatian prayer, centering praying, silent meditation, intercessions, lectio divina etc). We have practice time together and enjoy the opportunity to explore  new ways of  practising the presence of God. No experience necessary. We meet on the second Monday of the month at 7 pm  in the  Lady Chapel.

Prayer Chain

There is a large group of parishioners who  receive  prayer requests and pray for at home for special intentions. If you would like to join this group, please phone 4771 2247 and ask to speak to one of the priests.

The Choir

St James Cathedral Choir sings monthly Choral Evensong. This 1662 service includes an introit and anthem and a setting of the canticles taken from a repertoire of Stanford (2), Walmisley, Murrill, Tallis, Sumsion, Noble and Whitlock. The choir is also present for major festivals and at diocesan and civic services. At the Sunday morning Eucharist a group of members leads a responsorial psalm and sings during communion. All inquiries regarding membership should be made to the Choir Director.


Samuel Blanch

Michael Fellows
Tom Gray

To contact  anyone, please phone the parish office 4771 2247 and leave a message.


Cursillo helps people to discover and fulfil their personal vocation, and promotes the creation of core groups of Christians who leaven their environment with the Gospel. Cursillo equips people to function more effectively within their local parish. For more information, please contact the Diocesan office for information: 4771 4175

Third Order of St Francis

The Third Order is a community of Christians responding to a call from God to share with St. Francis the Way of following Christ. Members of the Third Order share community life with each other through the bonds of prayer and obedience to the Order.

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