2017 St Thomas More Feast Day

This year we are celebrating the Feast Day of St Thomas More on 18 July 2017.


Mr Mark Speakman SC, MP Attorney-General and Minister for Justice has accepted the Society's invitation to be our guest speaker at the Patronal Feast Day as follows:

6:30 pm for 7:00 pm

Date: Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Venue: Doltone House, Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney (across from Hyde Park)

Cost: $150 (Members and Guests)

          $165 (Non-Members)

          $110 (Fulltime Student Member Concession)

As usual Mass will be celebrated prior to the Dinner as follows:

Time: 5:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Venue: St Mary’s Cathedral (Church, not Crypt). Please sit in the first six rows which are allocated for members of the Society and friends.

Celebrant: Fr Brendan Purcell

Mark Speakman SC MP

The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP has been the Attorney General of New South Wales since February 2017. Previously, he was the Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage and Assistant Minister for Planning. Mr Speakman SC MP is a member of the New South Wales’ Legislative Assembly representing Cronulla. He attended Government schools in Caringbah before studying law and economics at the University of Sydney and then Cambridge University where he graduated with a Masters of Law. A practising lawyer, he was called to the Bar in 1991, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004.

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.”

Date: Tuesday, 18-Jul-2017

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Doltone House, Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Dinner: Canapes on arrival, unlimited premium drinks throughout the evening and 3-course dinner

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