Charity & Giving

Wills & Bequest GuideBequests

You can choose to help the important work of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney by making a bequest. A bequest is a gift of part of your estate made in your Will. Your estate is the total of all your assets and possessions when you pass away. By making a bequest, you will provide support for many ministries provided by the Church. Your generosity will make a difference to the lives of many.

If you would like to make a bequest, there are many ways to do so. For example: a gift of a specific amount of your choice; a gift of particular belongings such as jewellery; property that you own; a percentage of part of your estate; a gift of that part of your estate that remains after you have provided for any of your loved ones; a gift of your whole estate.

By making a bequest, you can also elect to contribute to a specific important work of the Church.

For your final wishes to be honoured, you must have a valid Will. For this reason, it is very important that you arrange to have a valid Will drawn up by a solicitor.

For more information, please contact the Bequest Manager on 1800 753 959 or email

Appropriate Wording for Bequests
If you would like to assist the Church to continue its charitable works, we recommend the following standard clause:
I give to the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of Sydney the sum of ................
for the purpose of (select from the following):

  •  The Charitable Works Fund
  • The Priests' Retirement Foundation
  • The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
  • My local parish (please specify ........)
  • St Mary's Cathedral

If you wish to leave the whole or part of your estate, then this clause will have to be adapted accordingly in consultation with your solicitor.

Wills & Bequest Guide
To obtain a FREE copy of our new Wills Guide, please phone the Bequest Manager on 1800 753 959 or email

Cardinal Gilroy Society

The Cardinal Gilroy Society has been established to honour the generosity of those individuals who have pledged a bequest to any of the good works of the Sydney Archdiocese. The Society is a way that we can thank you now for your foresight and very special contribution. Cardinal George Pell is the patron of the Society.

The Society is named after Cardinal Norman Gilroy, Archbishop of Sydney from 1940 to 1971. Cardinal Gilroy made a significant contribution to Australian society and to the Catholic community. He was veteran of Gallipoli, was ordained a priest in Rome, became the first Australian born Cardinal and the first Cardinal since the reformation to receive a knighthood. In 1970 he was named Australian of the Year.

Members of The Cardinal Gilroy Society receive invitations to special events, a unique pin and a certificate. There is no cost or obligation for membership.
Simply complete the form below and we will contact you. Alternatively you can contact our Bequest Manager on 1800 753 959 or e-mail


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Contact us:

Bequest Manager
Development and Fundraising Office
Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
Level 7, 133 Liverpool St, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: 1800 753 959
Fax: 02 9307 8450