Australian Catholic Historical Society Inc. Program for 2020
This information is correct as at 20 January 2020, but changes can occur.
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 February||Catholic rural virtue: ideal and reality … (text)||Professor James Franklin. UNSW. ACHS Vice|
President and Journal Editor.
*1:30 pm start
|*1:30pm Annual General Meeting 2:00pm Presentation: Les Murray’s sacramental poetics.||Dr Stephen McInerney Poet and Executive Officer The Ramsay Centre|
|19 April||“Answering the call”: Sydney’s Irish Catholic doctors in the Great War||Honorary Assoc. Professor Paul Lancaster Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney|
|17 May||The Quiet Man: a new film about Fr John Neill||Fr John Neill OP OAM Formerly: Councillor, University of Notre Dame|
Mr Tim Perkins Director The Quiet Man
|21 June||The Catholic clergy – prisoners of history||Fr John Crothers Formerly PP Penhurst and Peakhurst and author of The Clergy Club.|
|19 July||Pastor aeternus: 150 years since the promulgation of “On the infallible teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff” -the binding dogma of “Papal Infallibility”.||Dr Paul Collins. Author and broadcaster, formerly: ABC Radio National|
Emeritus Professor Edmund Campion. Author, formerly: Catholic Institute of Sydney
Emeritus Professor Robert Gascoigne. Theologian, formerly: Australian Catholic University
|16 August||David Coffey: Theologian of Spirit||Emeritus Professor Paul Crittenden. Formerly: Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Arts, University of Sydney|
|20 September||The “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 October||Under 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
|15 November||Writing Australian Catholic history: A case study — Riverview||Mr Gerard Windsor. Novelist, reviewer and essayist (Author of The Tempest-tossed Church).|
|12 December||Annual Mass and Christmas Lunch||Details to be advised|
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 time 2:00pm: Monday 1 June, Monday 7 September, Monday 9 November. Speakers and topics TBA
Location: 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.