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Commemorating the 150th year of St Ignatius' Church

St Ignatius' Church 150th Anniversary Commemorative book2017 marks 150 years since the building of St Ignatius' Church.  Our parish celebrated this occasion with a specially arranged Mass at 9:30am on Sunday 30 July 2017 with Fr Brian F McCoy SJ, Provincial, as main celebrant. Concelebrants included the priests of our parish - Fr Nguyễn Viết Huy SJ, Parish Priest, Fr Tro Tran Van SJ, and Fr Ferruccio Romanin SJ - and many other Jesuit priests.

At the Mass, one of our parishioners, Dr Therese Keogh shared a Reflection: 150th Anniversary of St Ignatius' Church.

It was wonderful to see many parishioners, especially past parishioners, at the Eucharistic Celebration and in the parish hall for morning tea afterwards. Thank you to all who joined us in making it a memorable day.

A photographic book to commemorate this historic church (cover seen at right), launched at the Sesquicentenary Mass, is now available to purchase at a special price for a limited time.

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Commemorative book for the sesquicentenary of St Ignatius' ChurchA PEOPLE’S FAITH ENSHRINED IN STONE, St Ignatius’ Church Richmond, 210 x 280 mm 102 pp pb full colour photos, rrp $35.00

  • Edited: Patricia O’Halloran
  • Commemorative essay: Michael McGirr
  • Original photographs: Andrew Esposito, Shayarana Gooneratne and Fr Nguyen Viet Huy SJ

For one hundred and fifty years since its beginning with the laying of the foundation stone, the church of St Ignatius on Richmond Hill, Melbourne, has been the focal point for the expression of the faith life of the Richmond Catholic community, as well as an iconic landmark for the wider community.

The 150th anniversary has been celebrated with a Mass and the launch of a commemorative book on Sunday 30 July 2017.  The book presents the Church on the Hill in all its glory. Beautiful photographs show the fabric and shape of the building, as well as the glorious decorative features, both inside and out. The photographs are enhanced by selected quotations from scripture and from other writers, together with reflective comments from the parishioners themselves. A commemorative essay by popular writer Michael McGirr, himself once a Jesuit, reveals many unknown insights into the history of the church.

“It is a wonderful building that can make the great seem small and the small seem great.” Michael McGirr

St Ignatius’ stands tall on Richmond Hill, a symbol of a community’s faith and involvement in the neighbourhood. Its beautiful fabric and breathtaking interior offer a wonderful display of architecture and art. It is a welcoming place – a place of prayer, celebration, remembrance, solace, care, comfort, belonging and community. It is fitting to pay tribute to it on this anniversary, and, in doing so, we also pay tribute to its people.

A word of appreciation to St Kevin's College

“On behalf of the Richmond Catholic Parish, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Mr Stephen Russell, the Principal of St Kevin's College, Toorak and the College Community for their kindness towards our parish. They have generously agreed to sponsor the publication of the commemorative book published on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of St Ignatius’ Church. Their wonderful support of the parish is very much appreciated.” -- Fr Nguyễn Viết Huy SJ, Parish Priest

For a limited time only, the book is being sold at a special launch price of $30.00, including p & p. Please download our Order Form below.

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