Our Lady of the Central West

A newly commissioned icon was unveiled and blessed as part of the closing celebrations of the Sesquicentenary of the Diocese on 30th October, 2016. Entitled “Our Lady of The Central West”, the icon shows Mary praying with us and for us.

Bathurst-based iconographer, Mary Clancy painted the icon, which she crafted with earth pigments, the colours coming from across Europe, the Middle East and Australia, representing the soil of many of the homelands from which the people of the Diocese of Bathurst originate. Gold highlights are included, as gold plays a pivotal role in our region’s past and present.

The border incorporates the totems of the local Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay nations. The four concentric circles at the top represent the Cathedral of St Michael and St John; 16 triple concentric circles represent the parish churches; and 37 others represent small Eucharistic communities. These are joined by a wandering line of dots; the pathways which connect all these groups together.   

The icon was commissioned by Bishop Michael McKenna to mark the Sesquicentenary of the Diocese of Bathurst.