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Reflecting on the Year of St Joseph

St Joseph Parishes in NSW


“It is thus fitting […] that, in the same way that [St Joseph] once kept unceasing holy watch over the family of Nazareth, so now does he protect and defend with his heavenly patronage the Church of Christ.”*

The left-most image below is a sketch of Australia’s first Catholic church—St Joseph’s Chapel, Hyde Park—in which services were celebrated by Rev. John Joseph Therry between 1830-1833, while the adjacent cathedral church was under construction.**



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St Joseph’s Chapel, Hyde Park. (279.404 THEO B)


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St Joseph’s Church, Edgecliff. (ACH 279441 ZEDG 1B)


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St Joseph’s Church, Newtown. (ACH 279441 ZNEW)


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St Joseph’s Church, Oatley. (ACH 279.441 ZOAT)


*Pope Leo XIII, Quamquam Pluries, encyclical (August 15, 1889): loc. cit., pp. 177-179.

**Eris O’Brien, Life and Letters of Archpriest John Joseph Therry: Founder of the Catholic Church in Australia (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1922).