2022 Program

Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc. Program for 2022

This information is correct as at 29 Nov 2021, but changes can 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: Dr John Carmody, President ACHS:

20 FebruaryRemembering Timor 80 Years On: The Australian and Japanese Invasions of Portuguese Timor (images)Sr Dr Susan Connelly rsj. Author of forthcoming book, East Timor, René Girard and Neocolonial Violence: Scapegoating as Australian Policy
20 March
*1:30 pm start
*1:30pm AGM;
2:00pm Presentation: The Cathedral Folly: the origins of the 1960 plan for a vast “Brutalist” cathedral at New Norcia (podcast)
Dr John Challis
Formerly: Dominican theologian, Head, ABC Science Unit and International Relations Executive, ABC
10 April
Historical perspectives from the newly formed collection of rare books and manuscripts at the ACU (podcast)Dr Hugh Myers
Special Collections Advisor
Australian Catholic University (Sydney)
15 MayWriting Australian Catholic history: A case study – “Riverview”Mr Gerard Windsor
Novelist, literary critic and essayist. Author of The Tempest-Tossed Church
19 JuneA place for faith in the public square (podcast)Prof Francis Campbell
Vice-Chancellor, University of Notre Dame Australia
17 July
Anzac Day Sydney, 1916. An Origin Story: How the Anglican Church laid the foundations for Australia’s National Day of commemoration (slides; podcast)
Dr Darren Mitchell,
formerly Director, NSW Anzac Memorial, Sydney
14 August
Walking the synodal path of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia – a reflection (slides; podcast)
Dr Helen Belcher Co-chair the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Diocesan Pastoral Council
18 September
Champagnat Marists in Australia: 1872-2022 (slides; podcast)
Dr John Luttrell
Author of: Norman Thomas Gilroy: An obedient life; Formerly: President ACHS and Editor, JACHS
16 October
Heavens Below: Religion on ABC Radio from the 1940s to the Present (slides; podcast)

Professor John Potts
Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature, Macquarie University
20 NovemberThe story of St Mary’s Spires – the completion of Polding’s program Mgr Tony Doherty
Former Parish Priest of Rose Bay and former Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral (Sydney) Co-author of The Attachment
10 DecemberAnnual Mass and Christmas Lunch.
Speaker: Dr Anne Thoeming. An invitation from the grave: writing a biography of Herbert Moran (podcast)
Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney. Mass 11.45, then lunch

Melbourne Program

Melbourne Meetings resume in 2022

Times and dates: 2:00 PM on Mondays 7 March, 6 June, 5 September and 14 November

: Yarra Theological Union Study Centre, Classroom 1. 29 Albion Street Box Hill. Time: 2pm. Contact: Matthew Beckmann, OFM. Email:

See also the program of the Brisbane Catholic Historical Society.

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