Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc.
Program for 2018

This information is correct as at 4 February 2018, but changes can occur.

Sydney Meetings.




February 18

A maker of the Australian Catholic Story: John McEncroe

Emeritus Professor Fr Edmund Campion: author, historian formerly Professor of History, Catholic Institute of Sydney.

March 18

The bureaucratisation of Catholic schooling and the emergence of the Catholic Education Office                  

Br Dr Kelvin Canavan fms: Executive Director Emeritus Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Sydney and Visiting Professor: University of Notre Dame and ACU

April 15
1:30 pm start for this meeting

1:30pm Annual General Meeting
2:00pm Presentation: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Findings, implications, recommendations, future directions. Reflections from three senior members of the staff of the Royal Commission.

Mr Stephen Crittenden: Latterly: Lead Writer -- Religious Institutions Volume; Formerly: Presenter, The Religion Report [ABC Radio]
Ms Maha Melhem: Latterly: Lead writer -- Information Sharing; Formerly: Director Policy & Legal, NSW Children’s Guardian; Senior Lawyer, Australian Law Reform Commission.
Ms Anna Tydd: Latterly:Principal Policy Officer, Special Projects Taskforce; Formerly: Solicitor acting for the Dublin Archdiocese [Murphy Inquiry, Ireland ]

May 20

Humanae vitae after 50 years: a retrospective panel

Professor Carole Cusack: Professor of Religious Studies, University of Sydney;
Dr Bernadette Tobin AO: Director: Plunkett Centre for Ethics, Australian Catholic University and St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney;
The Hon. Deirdre Grusovin AM: Formerly: MLC and MLA (NSW) and Cabinet  Minister.

June 17

In search of Cardinal Gilroy

Br Dr John Luttrell fms(Life-member: ACHS) Catholic Institute of Sydney and Broken Bay Institute.

July 15

Humanae vitae: The beginning of the end of Tridentine Clericalism?

Emeritus Professor Desmond Cahill: Department of Intercultural Studies, RMIT University

August 19

Catholic Social Justice and parliamentary politics.

Senator Susan Ryan AO: Formerly: Hawke government Cabinet Minister, latterly:Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner 

September 2
Not the usual 3rd Sunday.

Faith at "World’s End”: Father Angelo Confalonieri and the first Catholic Mission to Northern Australia

Professor Mark McKenna: Department of History, University of Sydney

October 21

Their Eminences, an éminence grise, and ruffled feathers: the sometimes rocky voyage of St Patrick’s, Church Hill, within the Archdiocese of Sydney

Fr Peter McMurrich sm: Vicar Provincial and Archivist Marist Fathers’ Australian Province.

November 18

In Paradise, under the sun: Francis McGarry and the rewards of missionary work in 1930s' Alice Springs.

Dr Charmaine Robson: Independent scholar and 2017 Australian Religious Fellow of the State Library of NSW

December 15

Annual Mass and Christmas Lunch
Mass: 12:00pm.
Lunch: 12:30pm.

MacKillop Centre North Sydney. Cost, booking details and speaker to be advised.


Location, time and contact: Sunday afternoons at 2.00pm (unless otherwise stated) in the Crypt of St Patrick's at Church Hill [Grosvenor Street], The Rocks. Admission is free and does not require membership of ACHS, but a donation is welcome.

Enquiries to: Dr John Carmody, President ACHS:

Melbourne meetings for 2018.

Monday 5 March. Speaker: Katharine Massam Topic TBA
Monday 4 June. Speaker: Graeme Pender. Topic TBA
Monday 3 September. Speakers: Max Vodola and Prof Jayme Anderson .
Topic: James Alipius Goold: A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia
Monday 12 November. Speaker and topic TBA

Location and Times: Seminar Room of Dorish Maru College, Box Hill. 2:00 to 3:30pm.

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