2019 St Thomas More Feast Day

You are warmly invited to attend the St Thomas More Society Patronal Feast Day Mass and Dinner that will be celebrated on 21 June 2019.

Mass will be celebrated at 6.00pm in the Crypt at St Mary's Cathedral by Fr Peter Joseph, Chaplain of the St Thomas More Society. Fr Peter Joseph has a Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University. He lectures in Dogma at Vianney College, the Diocesan Seminary of Wagga Wagga, where he has served as Vice Rector. Fr Peter Joseph is the editor of the revised classic, Sheehan’s Apologetics. Fr Peter Joseph is the Administrator of St Dominic’s at Flemington.

The choral accompaniment at the Mass will be by Capella Sublima, directed by Mr Richard Perrignon, Master of Sacred Music at St John's College within the University of Sydney.

Following Mass, the Patronal Feast Day Dinner will be held at Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street (Cnr Phillip St), Sydney at 7.00pm for 7.15pm.

Margaret Cunneen SC
We are pleased to advise that Margaret Cunneen SC will be our guest speaker at the dinner.

Margaret commenced practice as a solicitor in 1982. Margaret was called to the bar in 1990, and in 2007 was called to the inner bar and appointed Senior Counsel. Margaret Cunneen SC was a Crown Prosecutor and Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor for many years and, before that, was an Industrial Officer at the Public Service Board of NSW. Earlier in her career she held positions in the Attorney General’s Ministerial Office and in the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office of NSW. Margaret has extensive experience in all aspects of criminal law, having appeared in hundreds of criminal trials and appeals over 30 years. Ms Cunneen has been a fierce critic of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), arguing for sweeping changes to the state body's powers and processes after she was subject to a controversial investigation by the commission. She has been appointed by the Federal Government to join its expert panel advising on the development of a national anti-corruption commission. Margaret now practices at the private bar, at State Chambers in Martin Place.

St Thomas More (1477-1535)
The story of St Thomas More is worth repeating.

St Thomas More was born in London, the son of a judge, and himself became an eminent lawyer. He married twice, and had four children. He was a humanist and a reformer. His book, Utopia, depicting a society regulated by the natural virtues, is a classic of English literature.

Thomas More was a close friend of King Henry VIII. As a judge, he was famous for his incorruptibility and impartiality, and he was made Lord Chancellor – the highest legal position in England – in 1529.

When Henry VIII demanded a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, Thomas More apposed him. He resigned the chancellorship in 1532, and retired from public life; but he could not retire from his reputation, so it was demanded that he take an oath to support the Succession Act, which, effectively, repudiated papal religious authority. Thomas More refused, and was imprisoned in the tower of London.

After the execution of Bishop John Fisher, Thomas More was tried on the charge of high treason for denying the King’s Supreme Headship of the Church, found guilty and sentenced to death. He went to his execution on 6 July 1535. With a clean conscience and a light heart; he told the spectators that he was still “the king’s good servant – but God’s first”, and carefully adjusted his beard before he was beheaded.

Thomas More wrote a number of devotional works, some of the best of them while in prison awaiting trial. He fought his fight without acrimony, telling his judges that he wished that “we may yet hereafter in heaven merrily all meet together to everlasting salvation.”

Dress Code
Kindly note that the Club has a mandatory dress code of suit and tie for men, with the equivalent for women.

Date: Friday, 21-Jun-2019

Time: 7.00pm for 7.15pm

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street (Cnr Phillip St), Sydney

Dinner: Unlimited premium drinks throughout the evening and a 3-course dinner

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