2019 Program

Australian Catholic Historical Society Program for 2019.

This information is correct as at 2 December 2018, but changes can occur.

Sydney Meetings

17 FebruaryLaudato Si’: a case for action or wasted opportunity? Professor Neil Ormerod FACTA Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University.
* 24 March
1:30 pm start for this meeting
1:30pm Annual General Meeting
2:00pm Presentation.
Continuity and Change: Contexts and Meanings in some Spanish Liturgical Chant Manuscripts in the Rare Books Collection of Fisher Library
Dr Jane Morlet Hardie FAHA Medieval and Early Modern Centre University of Sydney. Formerly: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
* 28 AprilSt Michael the Archangel, Wollombi: the Church that moved and was paid for three times.Gael Winnick Co-author (with Alison Plumber) of the history of St Michael’s Church.
19 MayThe cultural patronage of Archbishop John Bede Polding, 1834-1877.Assoc. Professor Peter Cunich: Department of History University of Hong Kong.
16 June‘Pauper, Servus, et Humilis’?: The ‘special destiny ethos’ and Irish Catholic Identity in the 20th Century.Professor Irene Whelan: Professor of History and Irish Studies Manhattan College Purchase, NY, USA.
21 July“Humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God”: Patrick McMahon Glynn — from Irish Lawyer to Australian Statesman.John Kennedy McLaughlin AM Formerly: Associate Judge Supreme Court of NSW
18 AugustFiction and the moral imaginationRobin Hughes AO Writer and producer for radio and television Formerly: Chair, Council of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School Latterly: Pro-Chancellor, ANU (Canberra)
15 September Faith at “World’s End”: Father Angelo Confalonieri and the first Catholic Mission to Northern AustraliaProfessor Mark McKenna: Department of History, University of Sydney
20 OctoberDevelopments in Mariology since Vatican II: a global perspectiveProfessor M Isabell Naumann ISSM President: Catholic Institute of Sydney
17 NovemberDisentangling the McGirrs of Colonial NSWRev Dr Colin Fowler OP Formerly: Parish-priest (2004-2013) and historian St Bede’s, Pyrmont. NSW
14 December Annual Mass and Christmas Lunch MacKillop Centre North Sydney (12:00pm)

Sydney Meetings for 2019

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:

Further information see: ACHS website. [https://www.australiancatholichistoricalsociety.com.au].

Melbourne Meetings

4 March. Presenter: Katharine Massam   Topic: Thrice Three Times” Benedictine women at New Norcia

3 June.   Presenter: Dr Dianne Hall.      Topic: Irish Catholics and Race in 19th century Australia.”

2 September.  Presenter: Val NooneTopic: From Berlin to Beagle Bay: Daniel O’Donovan Irish Monk”.

11 November. Presenter: TBA.  Topic: TBA

Time and Location: 2:00pm. Yarra Theological Union Study Centre, Classroom 1. 29 Albion Street Box Hill.

Contact: Matthew Beckmann, OFM. Email: