Tomorrow, we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the consecration of St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1897—a high point in the life of the Church in Melbourne. As we prepare to gather at the Cathedral for a special anniversary Mass, we reflect on the origins of this beloved landmark, which has also been a place of inspiration, community and solace for generations of Melbourne’s inhabitants. The story of St Pat’s is one of bold vision, disheartening setbacks, passionate convictions, and remarkable generosity and patience.

As well as offering a wonderful opportunity to explore the Cathedral’s fascinating history, this anniversary year is a perfect time to discover the other cultural and historical treasures within the ‘Catholic precinct’ of East Melbourne and Fitzroy. The new Catholic Precinct Walking Tour App—which will be launched tomorrow following the Cathedral’s anniversary Mass—allows anyone with a mobile device to explore the riches of this beautiful and significant part of Melbourne. We talk to one of the app’s creators about its development and the many great features of this exciting new resource.

Just as the building of a cathedral requires persistence and faith in the face of crises, setbacks and human folly, so does the the life of faith. The letters of Catholic author JRR Tolkien reveal a man of formidable intellect, whose own brokenness and shortcomings brought him at one point to the brink of unbelief. This week we hear the moving story of the thing that brought him back.

Not too long ago, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli challenged the Catholic education community to be ‘bold and ambitious’ in its approach to educating our children and young people. Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) has responded to this challenge with the recent launch of its inaugural strategic plan, published after an extensive process of consultation and development. Central to the plan is the goal of forming lives of faith, hope and love in the light of Jesus Christ.

May the spirit of bold faith and selfless devotion that helped bring our beautiful Cathedral into being be abroad among us today, inspiring us to build lives and communities of faith that stand as ‘landmarks’ of God’s kingdom here in Melbourne.

Looking up at St Pat’s: the origins of the cathedral on the hill
This week St Patrick’s Cathedral marks the 125th anniversary of its consecration in 1897—a high point in the life of the Church in Melbourne. After half a century of struggle and sacrifice, Melbourne’s Catholics had a Gothic cathedral as grand as any outside Europe. The story of St Pat’s is one of bold vision, disheartening setbacks, passionate convictions, and remarkable self-sacrifice and resilience.
Catholic precinct comes alive in new walking tour app
Anyone with a mobile device can now explore the rich cultural and historical treasures within the Catholic precinct of East Melbourne and Fitzroy, in Melbourne’s inner city, using a new walking-tour app. The Catholic Precinct Walking Tour App is a virtual guide and resource for visitors to St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne and other significant sites in the surrounding area.
How Tolkien nearly lost his faith—and what drew him back
The letters of JRR Tolkien reveal a sharp intellect, but they also reveal a man well aware of his shortcomings. In a letter to his son Michael, Tolkien recalls a time when he nearly lost his faith entirely. What was it that caused this crisis of faith, and what drew him back?
Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools launches inaugural strategic plan
Written by: Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS)
Following an extensive process of consultation and development, Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) has now launched its inaugural strategic plan—MACS 2030: Forming Lives to Enrich the World.
‘The Catholic precinct isn’t just a setting for this community’s past story but also its present one. Buildings, spaces and facilities ... represent and reflect aspects of Catholic culture, practice and values. The app is a way of celebrating this.’
Fiona Power, Curator and Educator at the Mary Glowrey Museum
on the new Catholic Precinct Walking Tour App
Upcoming events
St Patrick’s Cathedral 125th anniversary of consecration
Thursday 27 October 2022
1.00pm–2.00pm
As we celebrate our 175th anniversary year as a Diocese, we also mark a significant milestone for our Cathedral. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli warmly invites you to join him for Mass to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the consecration of St Patrick’s Cathedral. This is a beautiful opportunity to come...
World Youth Day 2023: information sessions
Thursday 27 October 2022
7.30pm–9.00pm
Join us this October at our regional youth gatherings to hear more about the four exciting pilgrimage options on offer for World Youth Day 2023! Perfect for parish leaders, priests, parents and, of course, young people. The evenings will cover: What to expect at World Youth DayTavel itineraries with indicative...
St Patrick's Cathedral concert: Thomas Heywood
Friday 28 October 2022
6.00pm–7.30pm
St Patrick's Cathedral presents internationally renowned Australian organ virtuoso Thomas Heywood in a grand organ recital to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Diocese and the 125th anniversary of the Consecration of St Patrick's Cathedral. The program is a homage to music from an earlier point in Melbourne's history, with...
Engaging Your Faith: ‘Teaching the Faith to Beginners’ online lecture
Thursday 27 October 2022
8.00pm–9.30pm
‘Engaging Your Faith’ is a series of short online presentations that invites participants to reflect on what it means to be people of faith in the contemporary world. Experienced lecturers from Catholic Theological College present on a variety of topics including: theology, spirituality, biblical studies, pastoral studies, Laudato Si’, Christian...
Engaging Your Faith: ‘An Introduction to AI and Transhumanism for Christians’ online lecture
Friday 28 October 2022
2.00pm–3.30pm
‘Engaging Your Faith’ is a series of short online presentations that invites participants to reflect on what it means to be people of faith in the contemporary world. Experienced lecturers from Catholic Theological College present on a variety of topics including: theology, spirituality, biblical studies, pastoral studies, Laudato Si’, Christian...
Holy Family Church: ‘Divine Kids Ministry’
Saturday 29 October 2022
5.30pm–7.00pm
Looking for fun and enriching activities for the little ones? Holy Family Church is hosting ‘Divine Kids Ministry’ for evangelising kids in their faith. The ministry holds a Bible quest every fortnight via Zoom—with over 100 kids—ranging from ages 5-7, 8-12 and 13-15. Every session has a different theme, following...
St Kevin’s Triumph 2022 Conference
Saturday 29 October 2022
9.00am–8.30pm
Join St Kevin’s Parish for their Triumph 2022 Conference. The conference is a program for youth aged 14+ to learn more about Jesus Christ and deepen their spirituality as young Catholics.The weekend will be filled with inspirational talks, Mass, reconciliation and a time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.Entry fee...
Holy Family Church: ‘All Saints Day Party’
Sunday 30 October 2022
10.00am–4.00pm
Dress up as a saint and come to celebrate All Saints Day at Holy Family Church! The ‘Divine Kids Ministry’ is hosting an ‘All Saints Day Party’ to celebrate this special feast for kids aged 5-15. Food provided on the day. Registration required. For all enquiries, email Lavina at riya.l1@gmail.com...
St Dominic’s Church: ‘The Virtue of Obedience’ talk
Friday 4 November 2022
10.45am–11.45am
St Dominic's Church is hosting Fr Mark O'Brian, a Dominican priest, to talk about ‘The Virtue of Obedience’ and the Divine Mercy spirituality. The Divine Mercy spirituality was given to St Faustina by Jesus Christ himself when he said, ‘It is when you submit yourself to my will that you...
St Patrick’s Cathedral concert: Choral Scholars of St John’s
Friday 4 November 2022
6.00pm–7.00pm
Join the choral scholars of Saint John’s, Camberwell, under the directorship of Christopher Watson, in an evening of exquisite vocal music from sixteenth-century England. The program features Christopher Tye’s ‘Missa Euge bone’, known for its fine harmonic craftsmanship to which these skilled singers will bring their purity of tone and...
2022 Ordination Mass at Patrick’s Cathedral
Saturday 19 November 2022
10.00am–11.30am
Join us for Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral to celebrate the ordination to the priesthood of transitional deacons Huy Nguyen, Vinh Do and An Le, and the ordination to the transitional diaconate of Thomas Christie, Tien Tran and Peter (Ngoc) Nguyen. As St Alphonsus Liguori once said, ‘The happiest man...
Melbourne Catholic Professionals luncheon
Tuesday 22 November 2022
12.00pm–2.00pm
Since their establishment in Australia over a decade ago, the Catholic Professionals events have quickly become premier networking opportunities. These events engage a broad range of industry leaders, while providing a place to meet people, listen to exceptional speakers and address issues and trends in the life of the Church...
Musical: ‘The Call of Guadalupe’
Thursday 24 November 2022
7.00pm–8.30pm
The Call of Guadalupe musical is an entertaining, uplifting Christian musical that celebrates life, love and hope. Based on a story by Anne Lim, the musical was created by playwright and artist John Lee, with music composed by Peter Foster. St Joseph’s Parish is thrilled to have the participation of...

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