Galong rector Fr John Airey celebrates Mass (above) in the beautiful upstairs Boys’ Chapel. This was the chapel used by students when St Clement’s was a boarding school for young men interested in joining the Redemptorists. The occasion was the 100th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the residence and juniorate by then Bishop of Goulburn, Dr Gallagher, on 22 April, 1917. The building and college was formally opened the next year, when the Apostolic Delegate took part in a more elaborate ceremony.
Celebrating a centenary
In what was described as a "brilliant address", Bishop Gallagher said, "let the spiritual sons of St Alphonsus take possession of Galong.... they are the heirs of all the ages. This house will offer a home to the clearest intellects and purest hearts of Australasia, as the cloister did to those of Europe 1500 years ago."
BELOW: Fr John Airey and Mass-goers on the day have a close look at the historic foundation stone.
Popular art retreat soon
The next retreat on our program this year is the popular Eat, Pray, Paint which is held twice a year. Join iconographer Sue Orchison as part of a pop-up art community for fellowship, for learning and to bring a contemplative spirit and shared wisdom to your own art work. Friday, 23 June, to Sunday, 25 June.
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