Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc. Program for 2015

This information is correct as at 1 August 2015, but changes can occur.
*There have been some changes to the previously advertised program.




March 15
2:00 pm start for this meeting.

2:00pm Annual General Meeting
2:30pm PresentationThe Aboriginal Catholic Ministry: the urban apostolate.

Presentation: Dr Eugene Stockton. Philosopher, theologian, priest, archaeologist and author.

*April 19
(An RSVP is not required for the book launch).

2:00 pm.Book Launch: The Real Archbishop Mannix: From the Sources. J Franklin, G.O Nolan & M. Gilchrist.
2:30pm Presentation: Canon Law on child sexual abuse through the ages.

Book Launch: Prof James Franklin, co-author.
Presentation: Mr Kieran Tapsell. Lawyer and author of Potiphar’s Wife, a recent study of Canon Law and clerical abuse.

May 17           

The Australian Bishops and National Media: conflicts and missed opportunities.

Fr Brian Lucas. General Secretary: Australian Bishops’ Conference, Canberra.

*June 21         

The many faces of religious persecution in Asia.

Fr Michael Kelly SJ. Executive Director: Union of Catholic Asian News, Bangkok

July 19

How an Irish Catholic became an army officer at Waterloo and in the Australian Colonies before Catholic Emancipation.

Dr Christopher Cunneen. Formerly Deputy General Editor Australian Dictionary of Biography.

August 16

William Booth and Henry Edward Manning: true Political Economy.

Mr John Cleary. Presenter and Producer Religion Department ABC Radio, Sydney.

September 20

Nostra Aetate and fifty years of interfaith dialogue – changes and challenges.

Dr Patricia Madigan OP. Executive Director: Dominican Centre for Interfaith Ministry, Education and Research, Strathfield.

October 18

In Good Faith: Providing religious education for Catholic children not attending Catholic schools in NSW - 1880-2000.

Dr Ann Maree Whenman. Lecturer in Religious Education Australian Catholic University, Strathfield.

*November 15

10:30am ACHS 75th Anniversary Mass. St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney.

2:30 pm Presentation: Political machinations and sectarian intrigue in the making of Sydney University. (Crypt St Patrick’s Church Hill).

Celebrant: Archbishop Fisher.


Presentation by: Assoc. Professor Julia Horne. University Historian University of Sydney.

*December 5 (Saturday)
Booking required

Annual Mass and Christmas Lunch at Mary MacKillop Centre Mount Street North Sydney. Cost and booking details to be advised. Mass: 12:00pm.  Lunch: 12:30pm

Speaker: Professor Greg Craven. Vice-Chancellor Australian Catholic University.

ACHS Sydney meetings are held on Sunday afternoons, at 2.30pm, in the Crypt Hall of St Patrick's at Church Hill [Grosvenor Street], The Rocks. Admission to our meetings is free and does not require membership of ACHS, but a donation is welcome. Enquiries to: Dr John Carmody, President ACHS

ACHS Melbourne Meetings




March 2

Father Con Reis and the Movement’s attempted take-over of the Catholic Immigration Office, Melbourne, 1950-53.

Dr. Val Noone

June 1

"Fragments of Reformation Spirituality in the writings of Peter Stuyvesant".

Dr. Donna Denning (Merwick)

*September 7

The Australian Bishops at Vatican Council One

Dr. P. Price

November 2

The impact of WWI on the Catholic Church in Australia

To be advised

The Melbourne Chapter of the Australian Catholic Historical Society meetings are held at 2:00 pm in the Seminar Room, Dorish Maru College, Yarra Theological Union, 100 Albion Road, Box Hill, Victoria. Enquiries: Dr Larry Nemer phone: (03)8892 2603 or email: