Book launched to mark 150th anniversary of the arrival of Bishop Matthew Quinn

As part of the closing celebrations of the sesquicentenary of the Diocese of Bathurst, Bishop Michael McKenna launched a book about Bishop Matthew Quinn on Wednesday 26th October. More than 50 people joined with Bishop McKenna, including the Bishop of Broken Bay, the Most Reverend Peter Comensoli and the Administrator of the Military Ordinate, Monsignor Peter O'Keefe, as well as a number of parish priests and parishioners from the DIocese.

The Most Reverend Matthew Quinn arrived in Australia on the Empress on 21st October 1866. He arrived in Bathurst on 31st October 1886. Bishop Quinn was installed as the first Bishop of Bathurst on 1st November 1866. 

The book is titled Bishop Matthew Quinn and the Development of Catholic Education in New South Wales 1865 - 1885 and was written by Brian Sweeney.

The book gives a detailed account of Bishop Quinn's leadership and influence in the development of the Catholic education system, not only in the Diocese of Bathurst, but throughout the colony.

Dr Anne Wenham, Head of School at St Stanislaus' College, gave a wonderful address about the book, describing Brian Sweeney's meticulous research methods and detailed account of the contribtuion Bishop Quinn made to Catholic Education. Dr Wenham said she was honoured to speak at the launch of the book and commended it as wonderful dedication to the first Bishop of Bathurst.

One of Bishop Quinn's first accomplishments was the establishment of St Stanislaus' Boys High School and the College will celebrate 150 years next year.

Read Dr Wenham's full address HERE>

Bishop Michael McKenna acknowledged Brian's meticulous writing style that detailed not only the contribution Bishop Quinn made 150 years ago but also the impact that Bishop Quinn's passion towards education is still having today.

Bishop Matthew Quinn and the Development of Catholic Education in New South Wales 1865 - 1885 is available at the CDF office for a donation $15, which will go towards the Cathedral Restoration Appeal.


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