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Australia Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Pioneering Priest Fr John Therry

Last edited 19th November 2014

Australia Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Pioneering Priest Fr John Therry

Irish Catholic priest Fr John Therry not only laid the foundations of the Catholic Church in Australia, he also built St Mary's Chapel which would later be reconsecrated as St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. He founded schools, lobbied for land on which to build churches, provided aid for the poor and oppressed and gave pastoral care and support to Sydney's growing number of Catholics. He also witnessed the repeal of penal laws preventing Catholics from holding office and welcomed the arrival of Australia's first bishop, the Most Rev John Bede Polding in 1834.

150 years after his his death, on Thursday 20 November 2014 at 5.30 pm, a Mass commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Fr John Therry will be celebrated at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney by Bishop Brady. The Mass will be followed by the opening of the Exhibition commemorating Fr Therry and the earliest years of the Catholic Church in Australia.


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