Michael Morrissey cancelled a Sunday mass — due to an approaching cyclone —when he was the parish priest of Karratha. But he never thought he would have to indefinitely call off masses — and from behind closed doors — as the Bishop of Geraldton. Bishop Morrissey, the head of a WA Catholic diocese which encompasses 1.3 million square kilometres, is in self-isolation following a trip to India. He didn’t want to be photographed, believing people may think he was stepping outside “the exclusion zone”. But he was more than happy to talk. “This virus (COVID-19) has changed the way we do things, it has crossed all borders, cultures, religions and affected the lives of everyone,” Bishop Morrissey said. “I am happy to comply with the Government requirement of quarantining myself. I have a patio where I can sit and enjoy the sun and a yard in which I can walk. “This will be my life until the end of the month. “This time can be very unsettling and often raises in us a sense of panic and fear. “The directive to isolate applies to myself and everyone in the diocese of Geraldton, even if a number of our communities are very small. “Some may think it unnecessary for everyone to put into practice these measures, but I call for each of us to care and support each other and our wider communities. “I give thanks for all we are doing for each other, for the doctors, nurses and medical staff who are caring for the sick, and those reaching out and caring for those who have already lost loved ones to the virus.” Bishop Morrissey last Thursday declared church services would be suspended until at least March 31.