The Friends of St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney


  • 26 Jun 2017 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Six teams battled it out in the Friends’ inaugural quiz night last weekend. With Richard Flynn acting as quiz-master, the teams engaged in questions and other challenges relating to subjects as wide-ranging as Sydney and the Cathedral, geography and travel, literature, and film and television.

    The first challenge was to come up with a team name: and everyone acquitted themselves excellently, as we ended up with Numero Uno (on table 1!), The Mudgee Connection, Tintinnabulum et umbraculum, Mary Mackillop’s Dropouts, The All Stars, and Carpe Deum. After nine rounds of close competition, the grand prize was ultimately won by Tintinnabulum et umbraculum: congratulations to them.

    We’re looking forward to holding similar social events in the months to come: look out for the announcements.

  • 19 Jun 2017 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thomas Wilson captivated a group of Friends and guests when he talked about everything that he and his team put in to the music at the Cathedral. Many of those present were amazed both by how much music is performed every week, every month, every year at the Cathedral, and by how much work goes in to every single one of those performances. Thank you, Thomas!

    With thanks to Helen Hofman for the photos.

  • 12 Jun 2017 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the Committee Meeting of the Friends of St Mary’s Cathedral, we were delighted to present Michael Douglas with honorary life membership. Michael has given much devoted service both to the Cathedral, and to the Friends, including as the association’s most recent past president.

    In this photo you can see the current president, Richard Flynn, presenting Michael with his much-deserved life member’s medallion. Well done, Michael!

    With thanks to Helen Hofman for the photograph.

  • 28 Apr 2017 3:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We were delighted to host Chris Backhouse talk about the ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter on 8th April. Chris gave a very animated and fascinating description of all that he and his team put in to the liturgies at the Cathedral, and brought along a number of very precious (and some very antique) objects to show to the audience and hand around. The item which justly received the most attention was an ornately carved chalice which had been presented to the Archdiocese by the Holy See.

    We look forward to hearing Chris Backhouse talk to the Friends again soon!

    With thanks to Jordan Grantham for the photographs.

  • 27 Apr 2017 5:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The St Patrick’s Day luncheon held this year was a great success. We were very glad to be hosted by Fr Don Richardson, the Dean of the Cathedral, in Cathedral House, and the food brought forward for the lunch was matched in its splendour only by the convivial spirit shared by the 55 members and their guests in attendance.

    Bishop Richard Umbers spoke eloquently about the role of cathedrals in the life of a city as a whole, and of course about how St Mary’s Cathedral has a role to play in the life of Sydney. The Friends of the Cathedral in turn have a responsibility as quasi-ambassadors for the Cathedral!

    23rd March is in fact Bishop Umbers’ birthday. Forewarned of this fact, the Committee provided cakes to celebrate the Bishop’s birthday, which we’re pleased to say he agreed to share with everyone else who was there!

    With thanks to Helen Hofman for the photos.

  • 7 Feb 2017 5:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am delighted to welcome you to the new website of the Friends of St Mary’s Cathedral. The new committee is working hard to make it even easier for anyone to join and keep in touch with the Friends, and this website is an important part of that project.

    If you haven’t yet bought tickets for our St Patrick’s Day luncheon on 17th March 2017, you better be quick because tickets will sell out fast! We are very grateful to the Dean of the Cathedral for hosting us in Cathedral House. We are also very proud to welcome Bishop Richard Umbers, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, to the lunch to give us an address.

    Over the coming weeks more content will be added to the site about the Friends, and about our forthcoming events. Come back soon to see what we’ve got in store!

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