ONE hundred years is a landmark achievement and one that deserves recognition and celebration.
At the end of this month the Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga will celebrate 100 years since it was formed on July 28, 1917.
Commemorations for the centenary of the diocese will be held over a week at the end of July and into August, with a number of events for people to take part in.
The week of celebrations will begin with a centenary dinner on Saturday, July 29 in Wagga.
Guest speaker at the dinner will be Fr Justin Darlow, who is writing a book on the history of the diocese and will talk about some of its history.
The two-course dinner will be open to the public, with tickets at $60 a head.
The central event for the centenary will be a Solemn Pontifical Mass, to be held at St Michael’s Cathedral, Wagga Wagga on Sunday, July 30 at 10am.
Principal celebrant for the Mass will be Archbishop Christopher Prowse from Canberra & Goulburn, who is Apostolic Administrator sede vacante, following the retirement of Bishop Gerard Hanna last year.
He will be joined by Archbishop Francis Carroll, who was Bishop of Wagga from 1968-1983.
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Following Mass, community members are invited to St Michael’s Parish Centre for light refreshments.
There will also be a historical display from the diocesan archives and an Ark of the Covenant display by Bernard McAlister.
Centenary memorabilia will be available to purchase, including Eucalyptus Dwyeri (Dwyer’s Red Gum) saplings, grown by Fr Jim McGee, as well as centenary postcards and keyrings.
On Friday, August 4 there will be 25th anniversary celebrations for Vianney College, the seminary for the Diocese of Wagga Wagga.
These celebrations will include a historical display in St Michael’s Parish Centre from 4pm to 6pm, followed by Mass at St Michael’s Cathedral from 6pm with principal celebrant Bishop Michael Kennedy.
The following day there will be an inter-seminary soccer competition.
For those wanting something a little different, try a virtual reality tour of the some of the facilities?
As part of centenary activities, the diocese commissioned a virtual reality tour of the heart of the diocese, St Michael's Cathedral in Wagga and the oldest church in the diocese, St Patrick's Church Albury.
The tours allows the viewer to look through the walls and roof the the church and cathedral, and move the building around to produce different vantage points. There is also the ability to “walk” through and view the interior of the buildings.
Visit www.wagga.catholic.org.au/Events.aspx to take a tour.