Tuesday, 20th March 2018
New Norcia Studies Day – Saturday, 26th May 2018
25th ANNIVERSARY “THE BIGGER PICTURE”
N.B. Studies Day programme change. Bob Reece’s paper on the Santos Salvado years at New Norcia will now be a published paper in this year’s New Norcia Studies Journal, No 25, which will be launched at Subiaco in November. Instead, on Saturday, Judy McGuinness will be presenting Larrie Strautmanis’ paper on Benedict Cuper and Helen Pangieran, New Norcia’s famous Aboriginal telegraphist.
This year is an important Studies Day as it’s the 25th such event so we have decided to celebrate with something a little special.
Firstly, our presenters for The Bigger Picture (the title of this year’s event) are Professor Ted Snell from UWA who will start the proceedings with a talk about the Contemporary Religious Art Collection.Then we have a fascinating paper from Dr John Reynolds of the Southern Irish police force – The Garda –who will be telling us about the curious link between New Norcia and Southern Ireland’s battle for independence in the 1920s.After lunch, Andrew Walton will tell us all about the “Maps Project” – the subject of his research as one of this year’s Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial scholars.Finally, Professor Bob Reece will share the results of his research into Bishop Salvado’s brother, Santos, and his contribution to photography, as well as some insights into his life while he was at New Norcia.
(Note: John Reynolds advises that he is unable to attend the day, but Odhran OBrien, Archivist for the Perth Catholic Diocesan Archives has very kindly offered to read Dr Reynolds’ paper on his behalf)
However, this year, after lunch and before the afternoon sessions begin - a little later than usual at 2pm - Fr Robert Nixon has arranged for a special musical extravaganza in the Abbey Church.Grace Feltoe (soprano), Andrew Brown (organ) and Fr Robert Nixon (piano), will present a post-prandial recital. Amongst other items, the programme will include compositions by Salvado, Moreno and other monks of the community. The recital will be an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful ambience of the Abbey Church, as well as to hear the unique sounds of the historic Moser organ.
The cost for the day is $65 (full) and $50 (concession – seniors and students) which includes morning and afternoon teas, a buffet lunch and beverages.Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. Booking can be done via the webshop the link takes you to the webshop page where there are two separate entries one for Full rate and one for Concessionary rate.
This special 25th Anniversary Studies Day is sure to be very popular and, as those of you who have attended before will know, seating is limited in St Joseph’s Hall, so book early to avoid disappointment (as they say)!
See you there!