150 Years of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst Celebrations Calendar

Closing Celebrations 

Saturday 29th October: Diocesan Assembly Opening Mass

Bishop McKenna will preside at Mass in the Cathedral at 9.00am

In the afternoon, the Sisters of Mercy warmly invite everyone to attend a Garden Party to be held at St. Joseph’s Mount, Busby Street, Bathurst, from 2pm-5pm, celebrating 150 years of the Sister of Mercy

Sunday 30th October: BBQ Breakfast at MacKillop College, Gorman’s Hill Road, Bathurst ~ from 8.00am. At 8.45am, Bishop McKenna will lead a procession from Gorman’s Hill Road  to the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John, William Street, Bathurst tracing the footsteps of  Bishop Matthew Quinn, first Bishop of Bathurst and the Sisters of Mercy who accompanied him on his arrival in the Diocese in 1866.

10.00am ~ Mass in the Cathedral ~ Bishop McKenna will preside and Commission the newly formed Diocesan Pastoral Council. Mass will be followed by the Sealing of a Time Capsule in the Cathedral Grounds and Brunch in Machattie Park, opposite the Cathedral

4.30pm ~ Solemn Vespers and Benediction in the Cathedral will conclude the Sesquicentenary Celebrations of the Diocese of Bathurst. 

The event program can be found HERE> 


Saturday 20th June, 2015 marked the significant historical milestone of 150 years since the declaration of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.

The 150th Anniversary of the Diocese celebrations began from the weekend of the official decree in June and will continue over the next 18 months, given the fact that the first Bishop of Bathurst, Matthew Quinn, didn’t arrive in Bathurst until November 1866.

There have been many events to mark the 150 years of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst with the closing celebrations planned for 29th - 30th October 2016 (details below)


Events held to date

Sunday, 25th September 2016
Sesquicentenary Multi-Cultural Lunch - One Faith, Many Cultures

Hosted by St Brigid's Parish, Dubbo the luncheon was a celebration of the many cultures that make up our diverse Diocese. The celebration begun with Sunday morning Mass concelebrated with Bishop Michael McKenna, followed by morning tea and lunch as well as family fun activities including dancing, singing, jumping castle and food from different cultures with flavours of India, Philippines, Vietnam, and Italy!

This event highlighted the various cultures that have developed and now make up the wonderful fabric that is the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.

17th March 2016
St. Patrick's Day Celebration

To celebrate the feast of St Patrick (patron saint of our Diocese) in our 150th year, Bishop McKenna celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St Michael and St John which was followed by the “St Patrick’s Day Dinner - A Tribute to Our Irish Heritage” at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC). 

Given that this year coincides with the anniversaries of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy, both Congregations were special guests on the evening, acknowledging their contribution to our diocesan story. 

The evening also included a “Conversation exploring our Irish Heritage”, led by Michael Croke and will include representatives from our Irish clergy, religious sisters and parishioners. Nodding Thistles performed, giving those in attendance a chance to kick up their heels.

More information and photos can be found HERE>

28thSeptember - 1st October
Diocesan Pilgrimage with Bishop McKenna

Bishop Michael McKenna led a bus tour of the Diocese, visiting all 17 parishes over 5 days. Read Bishop McKenna's reflection on the Diocesan Pilgrimage HERE>

Tuesday 1st September
National Launch of World Mission Month at St. Stanislaus' College

The launch of Catholic Mission’s World Mission Month (WMM) took place this year at St. Stanislaus’ College. More than 500 students from across the Diocese attended the launch. Bishop Michael officially launched WMM with a request to the students in the audience: "My great prayer is that all those here today will isten to God in your hearts about where He wants you to go and what HE wants you to do".

Tuesday 1st September
Diocesan Dinner to acknowledge mission activity by those from within the Diocese

As part of the sesquicentenary celebrations of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst and to coincide with the launch of Catholic Mission World Mission Month, Bishop Michael McKenna hosted a celebratory dinner in recognition of the contributions made by those from the Diocese who have worked in the missions over the years at The Carrington in Bathurst. 

More than 70 people attended the dinner, with 20 of the people who have spent time in missions in attendance.

Bishop Michael acknowledged each of the missionaries who gave service to the Church beyond our boundaries.

Sister Kath Luchetti rsj responded on behalf of the missionaries, giving an insight to some of the challenges, achievements and learnings she experienced throughout her time in different missions here and overseas.

The dinner was a great opportunity to reunite with friends from the past and honour some truly inspiring people from our Diocese.  

Friday 19th June
Ecumenical Service at the Cathedral of St Michael and St. John

An Ecumenical service took place at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John with people of eight denominations in attendance. Occasional Preacher was The Reverend Dr Mike Semmler, President of the National Council of Churches in Australia. 

It was a time to thank God for past blessings of co-operation  among Christian communities in our region and entrust ourselves again to our only future, the Kingdom of God. Read more

Saturday 20th June
Historical tours of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John

Tours of the Cathedral took place throughout the day with an historical artefacts exhibition also on display. 

Saturday 20th June
Family Bush Dance

The evening of the official anniversary of 150 years since the declaration of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst was celebrated with a family bush dance at the St. Philomena’s School Hall. The Nodding Thistles performed and a very enjoyable night was had by the 200 people in attendanceRead more

Sunday 21st June
Celebration of Mass

10.00am Mass at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John. was celebrated by The Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana, Apostolic Nuncio in Australia with The Most Reverend Patrick O’Regan, Bishop of Sale concelebrating.  Mass was followed by brunch in the Cathedral School Hall with the Cathedral Restoration Appeal Art Union being drawn with the winner of the car being Bathurst parishioner, Eve Capper. Read more

You can also view a video message from Bishop Michael McKenna to God's people of the Diocese of Bathurst to mark this milestone in our history. View the video HERE> 



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