2020 Program

Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc. Program for 2020

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: Dr John Carmody, President ACHS:

16 FebruaryCatholic rural virtue: ideal and reality … (textpodcast)Professor James Franklin. UNSW. ACHS Vice
President and Journal Editor.
15 March
*1:30 pm start
*1:30pm Annual General Meeting CANCELLED
2:00pm Presentation: Les Murray’s sacramental poetics. CANCELLED
Dr Stephen McInerney Poet and Executive Officer The Ramsay Centre
19 April“Answering the call”: Sydney’s Irish Catholic doctors in the Great War CANCELLEDHonorary Assoc. Professor Paul Lancaster Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney
17 MayThe Quiet Man: a new film about Fr John Neill. Movie available by this linkFr John Neill OP OAM Formerly: Councillor, University of Notre Dame
Mr Tim Perkins Director The Quiet Man
21 JuneThe Catholic clergy – prisoners of history CANCELLEDFr John Crothers Formerly PP Penshurst and Peakhurst and author of The Clergy Club.
19 JulyPastor aeternus: 150 years since the promulgation of “On the infallible teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff” -the binding dogma of “Papal Infallibility” … PODCAST Dr Paul Collins. Author and broadcaster, formerly: ABC Radio National
Emeritus Professor Robert Gascoigne. Theologian, formerly: Australian Catholic University
16 AugustDavid Coffey: Theologian of Spirit
Emeritus Professor Paul Crittenden. Formerly: Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Arts, University of Sydney
20 SeptemberThe “Spanish Flu” and its impacts on Catholic Church activities
Dr Janice Garaty. ACHS Councillor and historian. (Author of Providence Provides: Brigidine Sisters in the New South Wales Province)
18 OctoberUnder the skin? The contested history of the Bible in Australia

Dr Meredith Lake. ABC Radio National (Religion Department). Winner: NSW Premier’s Australian History Prize (2019) for The Bible in Australia: a
cultural history
15 NovemberA quiet revolution in Australia: bringing home a practical response to “Vatican II”. Celebrating the life and achievement of the Institute of Counselling in Sydney. (PODCAST)Ronald Perry, Founding Director (ICS) and Psychologist;
Dr Alison Turner, Second Director (ICS) andCounselling Psychologist;
Bryan Gray, Consultant Psychologist and long-term lecturer (ICS)
12 DecemberAnnual Mass and Christmas LunchCANCELLED

Melbourne Program

Melbourne Meetings 2020 Date: Monday 2 March. Time 2:00pm Speaker: Janette Elliott. Topic True knowing vs. unknowing of love in Julian of Norwich’s interpretation of our ‘marvelous medley both of weal and woe

Other Dates and times. Cancelled for 2020.
: Yarra Theological Union Study Centre, Classroom 1. 29 Albion Street Box Hill. Contact: Matthew Beckmann, OFM. Email:

See also the program of the Brisbane Catholic Historical Society.

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