St. Francis’ Catholic Church, Melbourne

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St Francis' Church is the oldest Catholic church in Victoria, Australia. Located on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Elizabeth Street, the main body of the church (with various later additions) is one of a very few buildings in central Melbourne which predates the Gold Rush of 1851.HistoryThe church's foundation stone was laid on 4 October 1841, the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, to whom the church is dedicated. It was commissioned by Fr Patrick Geoghegan, the first Catholic priest in the Port Phillip District of New South Wales, which became the separate state of Victoria in 1851. The first mass was held in the completed nave on 22 May 1842 and the completed church blessed on 23 October 1845, though the elegant cedar ceiling was not installed until 1850. In 1848, St Francis' became the cathedral church of the first Catholic Bishop of Melbourne, James Goold, and continued as a cathedral until 1868, when the diocesan seat was moved to the still unfinished St Patrick's Cathedral (which was not formally consecrated until 1897). The ornate Ladye Chapel on the west side was designed by George and Schneider and constructed in 1856-58, with decoration by Le Gould and Souter. A new sanctuary designed by Reed and Barnes was added in 1878-9 in the Renaissance style. The front porch was added in 1956, incorporating the roof of a smaller porch added in the 1850s.
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  • the oldest catholic church in victoria is easily accessible from melbourne central subway station. good spot too relax and reflect away from busy CBD  more »
  • Melbourne is one of the oldest churches in the city. Particularly salient than my other Melbourne Cathedral or church I points.
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  • This religious building is called the Church of St. Francis. Located on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Elizabeth Street. It is the oldest Catholic structure in Melbourne. I love to visit such historical temples. they are always warm, light and soothing ... as if to say: "stop, dont go ... all is transitory.. and this is eternally. "... Well, for tourists and. .. If it's hot outside, then here is cool, if cold, warm here. .. and the benches inside a lot. .. You can sit down to relax. I belong to another Church, but in such establishments always come with pleasure ...
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  • Church run by Blessed Sacrament Congregation. Mass at convenient times. Perpetual Adoration of the blessed Sacrament. Oldest Catholic Church in Victoria. Monthly a mass for the Philippino Community. Also monthly mass for the people who live with HIV. Signed mass for the deaf once in month.
  • Peaceful and a place to rest in the spirit. Highly recommend and also love the frequency of masses. In the heart of the city I felt quiet and listened to him my maker and creator.
  • Amazing side chapel in Gothic style. A true place of consolation and peace.
  • got the cops called on me because i was making the infinity sign with my hands, expressing myself when the hymns came through my body, was a good service but needs more ties to the country, the land which the church is built on, it seems like a great place but only if you look like a regular. im sorry i can only be honest in the eyes of god
  • Am so glad to experience service in this church. Beautiful church and it’s rich history.

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