New Norcia Benedictine Community

2014 Salvado Bicentenary Year

Friday - 17 January 2014

Commemorating the inspiring life of 

Rosendo Salvado - missionary and advocate for Aboriginal people, abbot, bishop, educator, landholder and a major figure in the history of Western Australia.

Throughout 2014, the monks are planning to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of their founder, Dom Rosendo Salvado. 

The bicentenary year will provide a wonderful opportunity to encourage a range of voices and a variety of perspectives, especially those of Aboriginal people, who also wish to commemorate this important milestone.

A program of events is being developed, focussing on the man, his work and his legacy.  Planning so far includes a major exhibition at the New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery, Ecumenical Vespers to be held at St Mary’s Cathedral, a ‘Salvado’ display at the WA Museum and a symposium and photographic exhibition at the State Library featuring rare photographs taken in the Salvado era.   

Drawing heavily on the most recent research in the New Norcia Archives, the monks hope that in addition to the important opportunity to share Salvado’s story and to hear new perspectives, the bicentenary activities will also provide for the conservation of significant artefacts relating to him; to the provision of new methodologies for the reinterpretation of the existing Salvado era display at the New Norcia Museum; and to an improved understanding of, and access to, the Salvado era photographic collection in the New Norcia Archives.

For more information on the bicentenary, please email  Michelle Ebbs, 2014 Salvado Bicentenary Project Manager - or call Lucy Nicholson, BCNN Communications Officer - (08) 96 548018.


Save the Date - Ecumenical Vespers at St Mary’s Cathedral

The first public event is Ecumenical Vespers which, in addition to the monastic practice of chanting Thanksgiving Psalms, will also feature storytelling and the music of eminent Australian composer,
Peter Sculthorpe.

Please consider including this date in your 2014 calendar.

All welcome!

Date: Tuesday, 4th March, 2014

Time: 6.30pm

Location: St Mary's Cathedral, Victoria Square, Perth


For more information please call (08) 96548018 or email

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