Church history chronicled in new book

Celebrations: Father Brendan Quirk, Pauline Unsworth, Barrie Unsworth and Dr Damian Gleeson. Picture: Anne Comber and Purwani Wiryana

Celebrations: Father Brendan Quirk, Pauline Unsworth, Barrie Unsworth and Dr Damian Gleeson. Picture: Anne Comber and Purwani Wiryana

A new book will help mark the 125th anniversary of the first St Joseph’s Church-School at Rockdale.

Former Rockdale MLA and NSW Premier, Barrie Unsworth, and his wife, Pauline jointly launched The Rock of St George: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the first St Joseph’s Church-School, Rockdale on Sunday, August 6.

The book follows the people, families, religious sisters and clergy of Rockdale from the late 19th century to the present day.

It was written by Damian John Gleeson who previously wrote the centenary history of St Martha’s Parish, in Strathfield.

It was commissioned by St Mary MacKillop’s Parish Priest Father Brendan Quirk as part of its 125 anniversary celebrations.

The day also marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the current St Joseph’s Church, Rockdale.

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