St Joseph’s 175 years

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St Joseph’s 175 years

This year Hobart’s oldest Catholic Church, St Joseph’s, turns 175 years old.

“175 years is a long time,” St Joseph’s Parish Priest, Fr Peter Addicoat said. “Many a faith journey has found its energy, solace and guidance through the pastoral care of the priests, religious and parishioners who have formed the St Joseph’s parish community over those years.”

Our celebration is not of past events but a celebration of Christian faith that has been passed on to us by earlier generations,” he said.

The celebrations will begin with an official Anniversary Mass celebrated by Archbishop Julian on Saturday 9 July.

The July date chosen to launch the anniversary celebrations, pays tribute to the laying of the first stones of St Joseph’s Church, which took place on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, 16 July, 1840.

A series of special events will culminate in a celebration of the opening and blessing of St Joseph’s Church, which took place 175 years ago.

“The main body of the church was completed and the first mass was celebrated by Fr Therry in the very early hours of Christmas Day 1841,” Fr Peter said.

“That first mass will be remembered as the parish community gathers to celebrate Christmas midnight Mass this year.”

In the lead up to the celebrations at Christmas time, St Joseph’s parish is looking forward to hosting a number of anniversary events.

“Everyone is welcome to join in the various celebrations that will take place between July and December. The parish community is organising a variety of celebrations acknowledging some of the pastoral activities that have formed our parish community over many generations,” Fr Peter said.

To view the calendar of St Joseph’s 175th anniversary events go click here