First Friday gatherings

Join us for Mass and breakfast before work on the first Friday of each month.

Our next gathering will take place on Friday 2 March - here are the details:

Time: 7.30am Mass

Church: St Francis' Church, corner of Lonsdale & Elizabeth Streets, CBD. (Not St Augustine’s where we usually have our Masses.)

Meeting point: outside the main door of the church after Mass.

We then move to the Michelangelo cafe for breakfast (usually upstairs) - 215 Queen Street, between Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke.


Breakfast talk on Thursday 15 March

Please join us for our next breakfast on Thursday 15 March to hear

Canon lawyer Dr Maria Casey rsj speak on the topic

From Fitzroy to Rome:  The Journey to Canonization of Mary MacKillop

Dr Maria Casey rsj was born in County Clare, Ireland during World War II and entered the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart in Sydney.  She taught in secondary schools for many years while also completing further studies, including Science and Arts degrees. In 1989, she was appointed Provincial Leader of the West Australian Province of the Sisters for a term of 6 years.

Dr Casey then moved to Ottawa where she obtained a Doctorate in Canon Law at Saint Paul University and a PhD in Canon Law at the University of Ottawa.  She then returned to Australia, where she worked as a consultant in Sydney and was also Director of the Marriage Tribunal in the Ballarat Diocese.

In 2001 Dr Casey was appointed vice-Postulator for the Cause of Canonization of Mary MacKillop, foundress of the Sisters of St Joseph, who was born in Fitzroy in 1842 and died in 1909.  Dr Casey’s role was on a part time basis until 2008, when she was appointed Postulator and guided the Cause to its culmination in the canonization ceremony in October 2010.  She lived in Rome for those final years.

Dr Casey retains links with Saint Paul University as an Associate Professor, appointed to teach canon law through BBI (the Australian Institute of Theological Education) to its Australian licentiate students.  Dr Casey has been President of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand since 2012, the first woman and the first religious to hold this position.

Here are the details of the breakfast:

When: Thursday 15 March Where:  7.30am at the Essoign Club, Level 1, 205 William Street Cost:  $35 for a hot breakfast RSVP:  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. confirming payment by Wednesday 7 March.

Payment by EFT or over the counter:  Funds should be deposited in the MCLA's CBA Bank Account:  BSB 063 010 Account No. 1083 3427.  Please include your name as the description.

(Please note that we do not currently have a PO Box and are not accepting payment by cheque.)


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