St. Francis' Church - West Window, Elizabeth Street
View south, Lonsdale Street
St. Francis' 1845
Blessed Mary MacKillop (1842–1909) made her first communion at St Francis’ in 1850, the same year that Ned Kelly’s parents were married in the church. (Ned Kelly is Victoria's most (in)famous bushranger).
(Lithograph National Library Australia)
St. Francis' 1930
A religious community of priests and brothers (currently under the leadership of Fr Tom Knowles SSS) live in the monastery attached to St Francis’ Church. The St Francis’ community was the subject of the five-part television documentary Once Were Monks, which was broadcast on SBS Television in April 2000.
Today, St Francis is the busiest church in Australia, with forty-three masses and over 10,000 visiting worshippers each week.
St. Francis is listed with the Victorian Heritage Register, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and the Australian Heritage Commission. Although there have been many changes made to the building, including the erection of a new tower to house the original 1853 bell imported from Dublin, the church remains essentially as it was designed by Samuel Jackson.
Today's Quote: Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words - St. Francis of Assisi.
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