St Monica’s Catholic Church is located on the corner of Windsor Street and Bourke Street, Richmond, New South Wales. The original church was consecrated in 1859, the transepts were added in 1897 and the back section in 1955. A new church was constructed on the adjacent block in 1982. Since that time the old church has been used for functions, meetings and similar events. Adjacent to the church is St Monica’s Primary School which had its beginnings as St Francis de Sales Convent, Richmond which was opened by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan on 1 January 1883 taking over the parish school which had been established some years previously.
The church was consecrated on 4 May 1859 by Rev John Joseph Therry assisted by Rev Dr Dean Hallinan, Parish Priest. The building was designed to accommodate 150 persons and was constructed in the Gothic style at a total cost of a little over £500.
St Monica’s Parish will celebrate 150 years of faith and education in the Hawkesbury District with a dinner at the Richmond Club on Friday 19 September 2008.
Copies of the 150th Anniversary Book are available from the Parish Office - https://parishofrichmond.org.au/#contact
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