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Fr Brian Lucas will lead the Australian Catholic Historical Society. (Supplied)

The Australian Catholic Historical Society elected Sydney priest Fr Brian Lucas as its new president at its annual general meeting on Sunday. 

Fr Lucas takes over from Dr John Carmody who, for more than a decade, guided the Society in its work in promoting scholarship in various aspects of the history of the Church in Australia. 

Fr Lucas is currently the national director of Catholic Mission and prior appointments include general secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archdiocesan Secretary in Sydney.

“The approach from some of the members for me to make myself available as president came as somewhat of a surprise, but I am delighted to take up this challenge and particularly privileged to continue the good work of Dr John Carmody who has guided the Society over more than a decade,” Fr Lucas said.

“The activities of the Society are particularly important in ensuring we maintain the memory of our past and preserve our heritage for future generations.” 

The Society was founded in 1940 in Sydney, by a group of students of Australian Catholic history led by Fr (later Archbishop) Eris O’Brien and Sydney solicitor Brian McGrath. It was revived in the 1960s through the efforts of Msgr Cornelius Duffy. It publishes a scholarly journal twice a year.

Membership of the society is open to anyone interested in Church history. 



New President for the Australian Catholic Historical Society (Australian Catholic Historical Society)