Most Rev. John McCarthy

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On thursday, June 7th, 1917 in succession to the late Dr. S. Reville, Dr McCarthy was consecrated Bishop of Sandhurst. White chrysanthemums decorated the high altar of the Sacred Heart Cathedral before which the consecration took place, the ceremony being opened by a procession of clergy numbering in all about 200. The consecration ceremony was performed by Archbishop Manni, assisted by the Bishop of Ballarat (Dr. D. Foley) and the Bishop of Rockhampton (Dr. Shiel).

Bishop McCarthy was one of the most renowned figures in the Roman Catholic Church in Australia.

Born in County Clare, Ireland, on November 1, 1858, he studied first at Ballyvaughan and later at the Irish College, in Paris.

He was ordained in 1882 and began a service to the Roman Catholic Church which was to take him across the world and last for 67 years.

Bishop McCarthy arrived in Melbourne in 1890 and served in the Woodend and St Kilda parishes before becoming private secretary to Archbishop Carr.

in 1950, The Bishop of Sandhurst at the grand age of 91, Dr. John McCarthy, died at the Bishop's  House, St Kilian's, Bendigo ending a 33 year reign as Bishop.

Upcoming Events

28 Apr
The Gospel of John with Fr Brian Boyle
Date 28.04.2020 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Gospel of John has been famously described as A magic pool in which an infant can paddle and an elephant can swim.” (Prof Frank Moloney SDB).

During Holy Week, on Easter Sunday and during the Easter Season that lead towards Pentecost, we will be listening to the Gospel of John. Composed in stages, decades after the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, for communities living far from the land where Jesus was born, the Gospel of John was written for people whose faith in Jesus was fragile but growing and others of no faith at all. Although they hadn’t seen or heard Jesus for themselves, they too were on the journey towards being his disciples.


Fr Brian Boyle is a priest of the Sandhurst Diocese. He has been trained in the interpretation of scripture and has an ongoing interest in Adult Faith Education and Faith Development. Fr Brian is author of the popular ‘A Friendly guide to the Prophets’.

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