Anniversary Mass at St Francis’ Church

Celebrating 170 years of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia where it all began on 5 March 1854 with Fr Gerald Ward's the vision to bring good to a new and growing community.

The 170th Anniversary Mass was held on Tuesday 5 March 2024 at the location of its first conference, St Francis' Church.

In celebration of 170 years of St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia, we are delighted to have hosted a graceful and solemn commemorative mass at the historic St Francis’ Church, Victoria's oldest Catholic Church, on Lonsdale Street. It is a place rich with significance for St Vincent de Paul Society as the church is the birthplace of our first conference in Australia.

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