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.

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23 Aug
2019 Stronger Retreat
23.08.2019 6:00 pm - 25.08.2019 4:00 pm

2019 Stronger Youth Retreat
Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August
PGL Campaspe Downs, Kyneton
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The Stronger Retreat is a Catholic youth retreat, held annually, over one weekend for the Sandhurst Diocese. Since beginning in 2008 the Retreat has been a space for gathering with other young people for a common experience- encountering Jesus Christ and the Church. Becoming empowered, encouraged and equipped, to impact the Church and the world. 
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