Closing Celebrations - Assembly and Sesquicentenary

This past week saw a number of activities to mark the end of the Sesquicentenary celebrations of the Diocese of Bathurst.

These included a Book Launch on 26th October. "Matthew Quinn and the Development of Catholic Education in New South Wales 1865-1885" by Brian Sweeney was launched by Bishop McKenna. Bishop Quinn was the first Bishop of Bathurst and instrumental in establishing Catholic Education in the colony.

On Friday 28th October, Bishop McKenna celebrated Mass for the Sisters of Mercy at St. Joseph's Mount and dedicated a new altar in the Chapel there. Seven Sisters of Mercy arrived from Ireland with Bishop Quinn, so the Sisters were also celebrating their Sesqui this weekend. 

On Saturday 29th October, the Diocesan Assembly took place in the Cathedral Parish Centre, Bathurst. Representatives from parishes in the Diocese who were appointed after nomination, and who now form the new Diocesan Pastoral Council, met for the first time for some formation. 

Sunday 30th October saw a wonderful breakfast at MacKillop College, after which Bishop McKenna led around 110 people, walking and in cars, to the Cathedral - retracing as  closely as possible Bishop Quinn and his companions' entry into Bathurst 150 years ago.

When the group reached the Courthouse, the Anglican bells rang out for them. Mass followed in the Cathedral and then a lovely brunch in the Cathedral School grounds.

Solemn Vespers and Benediction finished the celebrations that afternoon at 4.30pm

Links to some photos of the events are listed below and more information and photos will be available soon on the website and in the December Observer.


Book Launch -

Diocesan Assembly -

Sesqui Closing -

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