|The portrait of Archbishop Polding in the refectory of |
Saint John's College, University of Sydney.
Image : Giovanni Portelli Photography
The following is an outline of the subject matter we intend to present over the ensuing year, covering the period 1788 - 1835 :
The challenges of establishing Christianity in a Penal Colony
The convict priests 1800 - 1810 : Fathers Dixon, Harold and O'Neill
Initiatives by laypeople to build-up a Community of Faith in the Colony
The ministry of Father O'Flynn in Sydney 1817-1820
The arrival of the first permanent chaplains, Fathers Therry and Conolly.
The foundation of Saint Mary's Cathedral, Sydney 1821.
Other pioneering priests : Fathers Power, Dowling and McEncroe
The work of Father Ullathorne OSB, first Vicar General.
Amongst these posts will be our ongoing work to publish the life, work and writings of Archbishop Polding OSB
A great deal of effort is made to present our Australian Catholic story on this blog with as much accuracy as possible. Many others have and continue to present this story, but we believe that it is convenient to present it in one place, in a united way : a continuous story of fumbling steps, faith and hard work in discouraging circumstances.