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CCI helps preserve the memory of Archbishop Sir Guilford Young

100 years after the birth of Archbishop Sir Guilford Young, the Archdiocese of Hobart is organising a weeklong celebration of his remarkable life.

As part of the centennial celebration, CCI is helping to fund a film about Archbishop Young and his achievements. From his childhood in outback Queensland to participating in the Second Vatican Council, his story will now be preserved on film to inspire future generations.


The man

Guilford Clyde Young was born at Sandgate, near Brisbane, on 10 November 1916 and raised at Longreach in outback Queensland.

Despite his shearer father not being a Catholic, he was sent to St Joseph's College, Rockhampton after winning a bursary to be educated by the Christian Brothers.

He began his priestly studies in 1933 in Australia and completed them in Rome, where he was ordained in the Lateran Basilica in 1939.

In 1948, after appointments back in Rockhampton, at the Apostolic Delegation in North Sydney, and at Banyo Seminary in Brisbane, he was consecrated a bishop and appointed Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop McGuire of Canberra and Goulburn. At the time he was just 31 years of age, the youngest Catholic bishop in the world.

In 1953 he became Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Eris O'Brien, and in 1954 he was made Coadjutor Archbishop to Dr E. V. Tweedy, Archbishop of Hobart. When Dr Tweedy resigned 10 months later, he replaced him as Archbishop of Hobart.

During his time as Archbishop, he established the Catholic Church Office, the Catholic Education Office, the Schools Provident Fund (Catholic Development Fund) and the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau (Catholic Care).

In 1978, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire – Knights Commander for Services to the Church.

Archbishop Young died in Melbourne on 16 March 1988.

Today, he is remembered as a vigorous thinker, a gifted intellect and speechmaker, and a forceful persuader – a man who helped drive positive change through his involvement in education funding and freedom of choice debates, and through his work in the areas of social welfare and ecumenism.

The film

Archbishop Young's many achievements won't be forgotten thanks to a soon-to-be-released film.

The film is a collaboration between Dr Pru Francis, the archivist for the Archdiocese of Hobart, and award-winning Tasmanian filmmaker, David Pyefinch.

According to Dr Francis, the film will capture Archbishop Young for historical purposes. It will be a reference for students and young adults who did not know him, as well as for senior Tasmanians who remember him with pride and affection.

"The professionally produced film will comprise historical footage, photos, and short personal reflections from priests, and laity."


The celebrations

A series of centennial events will take place between Saturday 5 November and Sunday 13 November.

As part of the series, Archbishop Young's remains will be reinterred in the crypt at St Mary's Cathedral during a special ceremony on Wednesday 9 November.

And Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, will host a State Reception at Government House to officially honour Archbishop Young.

Chair of the Centenary Organising Committee, Fr Terry Rush, said there are many reasons to celebrate the life of such an important man.

"He put Australia on the map. He was a great Australian, an outstanding Churchman, and a strong advocate and powerful lobbyist for Catholic education.

"The centennial celebration of his birth is an occasion to recognise and honour Archbishop Young's extraordinary contribution to the Church and the wider community."



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