Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc. Program for 2024

The program is correct as of 19 Nov 2023 but changes may occur

Sydney Program

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. Members and non-members are welcome to join us in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Attendance is free but a gold coin donation for afternoon tea is welcome.

Enquiries to: Secretary,

18 FebruaryThe woman of many names – Jane Hawthornthwaite Br Rory Higgins FSC
Writer, historian, teacher and missionary
17 MarchOur Catholic heritage – St Patrick’s Cemetery
Judith Dunn OAM
Vice-president, Friends of St Patrick’s Cemetery (Parramatta)
21 April
Behind the scenes of Mother Teresa’s visit to Australia, 1981Dr John Whitehall
Paediatrician, Western Sydney University, co-organiser of the Saint’s visit here
19 MaySt Patrick’s Estate, Manly – then and now (podcast; slides)

[AGM and elections at 13:15]
Fr Brian Lucas
National Director, Catholic Mission Australia
16 JuneSevenhill – a living archive (podcast; slides)Dr Julie Thorpe
Independent scholar and historian
21 JulyCrossing the Tiber: Australian Anglican clergy converts to Rome from the 1840s to the 2000s
Dr David Hilliard
Formerly Associate Professor of History, Flinders University
18 August

The decline of Australian Catholic intellectual life

Gerard Windsor
Novelist, essayist and reviewer, author of The Tempest-Tossed Church
15 SeptemberCatholic-mindedness in the Catholic doctor: the Sydney Catholic Medical Guild of St Luke, 1933-1935
Dr Anne Thoeming
Independent scholar and former ACHS Council member
20 October
The St John’s College Act 1857 – the legal antecedents and historical context

Kyle Oliver
Barrister-at-law, Sydney
17 NovemberThe Guild of St Pius X – its people and achievements in the liturgical life of Australia from the 40s to the 70sPatrick Kirkwood
Formerly, Head of Religious Program (Radio and TV) and Director, Catholic Audio-Visual Centre, Homebush
7 DecemberAnnual Mass and Christmas Lunch
Dyer Centre, St Mary’s Ridge St, North Sydney

Melbourne Program

Melbourne Meetings continue in 2024

Times and dates: Most likely 4 Mar, 3 Jun, 2 Sep, 11 Nov

: Yarra Theological Union Study Centre, Classroom 1. 29 Albion Street Box Hill. Time: 5pm. Contact: Matthew Beckmann, OFM. Email:

See also the program of the Brisbane Catholic Historical Society.

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