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The History of the Catholic Church in Australia: Task

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The History of the Catholic Church in Australia

Year 9 Religious Education

The History of the Catholic Church in Australia

Choose a Catholic person or organisation from the list below. Use your person/organisation to tell the story of Australia and the Catholic Church. This information should be presented as a ten minute documentary created using iMovie and GarageBand. 

1. Choose a person/organisation:

  • Archbishop Bede Polding
  • Archbishop Vaughan
  • Cardinal Moran – Federation
  • Archbishop Daniel Mannix – Conscription
  • Knights of the Southern Cross
  • Cold War – Communism – Bob Santamaria
  • The Catholic Church and the Vietnamese community
  • Aboriginal reconciliation – Pat Dodson or Betty Pyke
  • Fr. John Therry
  • Catholic Women’s League
  • Centacare
  • Sisters of Mercy
  • St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Sacred Heart Mission – Fr Ernie Smith
  • Fr. Bob Maguire
  • Caroline Chisholm
  • Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Sisters of Mercy
  • Sisters of the Good Samaritan
  • Marist Brothers
  • Fr Frank Brennan

2.  Consider the period of time in Australia’s history when this person/organisation carried out/started their work.  Consider the needs of the community at this time:

  • What social justice issues were there? 
  • How did the larger Australian community respond?
  • How did the Catholic community respond?

In your documentary include the following:

  1. The historical background to the person/organisation. Information about them – born/begun, place, important moments, where now, pictures, timeline and any other relevant information.
  2. Mock interviews and re-enactments.
  3. How this person/group was important, influential and relevant in the Catholic Church and wider society.
  4. Describe other aspects of this time – for example Australian population, key social issues of the time in Australia, other world events at this time.
  5. Plan your documentary.
  6. Create your documentary.
  7. Show your documentary (10 minutes) to the class.