Great Grace Conference - Receiving Vatican II Today

Last edited 12th June 2013

Great Grace Conference - Receiving Vatican II Today

Public Lecture - Vatican II: Yesterday’s Council for tomorrow’s world? - Cardinal George Pell


On Monday 20 May 2013, the Great Grace conference was launched at St. Mary's Cathedral, with a public lecture by Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, on the topic - "Vatican II: Yesterday’s Council for tomorrow’s world?"

Cardinal George Pell was born in Ballarat, on June 8th 1941, and was educated in that city at Loreto Convent and St Patrick's College. He studied for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College, Werribee, and Propaganda Fide College, Rome, and was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Ballarat by Cardinal Agagianian in St Peter's Basilica, Rome, on December 16th 1966.

On May 21st 1987 he was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Titular Bishop of Scala by Archbishop Sir Frank Little in St Patrick's Cathedral.

On July 16th 1996 Pope John Paul II announced Cardinal Pell's appointment as seventh Metropolitan Archbishop of Melbourne
On March 26th 2001 the Holy Father appointed Cardinal Pell the eighth Metropolitan Archbishop of Sydney. He was installed as Archbishop at St Mary's Cathedral on May 10th 2001, and the following month received the Pallium from the Pope for the second time at St Peter's in Rome on the feast of Sts Peter and Paul.

Cardinal Pell hosted the twenty-third World Youth Day, which was held in Sydney from 15-20 July 2008, forming the largest gathering in Australia's history.