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St Patrick’s Church, Sydney (6) Anniversary Year 2018 – Charles O’Neill(Comments Off on St Patrick’s Church, Sydney (6) Anniversary Year 2018 – Charles O’Neill)

October 31, 2018

From: www.vinnies.org.au with additional notes by Michael Whelan SM

Charles Gordon O'Neill was born in Glasgow in 1828. He was an engineer who led the St Vincent de Paul Society in the Western Districts of Scotland between 1859 and 1863. He moved to New Zealand in 1863 and became then one of the foremost civil engineers in the colony.… More

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St Patrick’s Church, Sydney (4)

Marist Brothers

On July 23, 1816, twelve seminarians, aged between 20 and 34, eight having been ordained the previous day, climbed the steep steps to the top of the hill of Fourvière, Lyons, and there, in the small chapel dedicated to Our Lady, they promised to work at beginning a new religious order in the Church: a group called ‘Mary-ists’, whose work in the church would resemble that of the Jesuits, but whose approach or style would be unlike anything that existed in the Church at that time.… More

St Patrick’s Church, Sydney (3)

Anniversary Year 2018

Archdeacon John McEncroe 

The first Parish Priest

In those earliest days, St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s were Mass centres, served by priests based at St Mary’s Cathedral. St Brigid’s is in fact the oldest place of Catholic worship in Australia.… More

St Patrick’s Church, Sydney (2)

Anniversary Year 2018

The Irishman, William Davis, was sentenced to life in prison by the British in 1798 – without a trial. Being a blacksmith, he was automatically assumed to be someone who made pikes for the Irish ‘rebels’ of that year.… More


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