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200 years of Catholic education in Australia

Posted by CathNews on 26 May 2021
200 years of Catholic education in Australia

The celebrations marked 200 years since the first official Catholic school opened in Parramatta in October 1820.

Masses were held with school representation in most cathedrals across Australia, as well as a number of individual parishes and schools.

National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins said the National Mass, held on the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, was a highlight of the bicentenary year.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison provided a message of congratulations to the Catholic education community for the occasion, recognising the contribution of Catholic Education to Australian life.

"Two hundred years ago, Fr John Therry answered the call to educate the youth of Parramatta. From that small beginning of 31 students began a great work that now spans 1755 schools, 100,000 staff and 777,000 school students," Mr Morrison said.

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