No last drinks for Theology on Tap

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Bishop Richard Umbers
Bishop Richard Umbers gives a talk at The Two Wolves Community Cantina in Broadway, on 29 March 2018. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Popular series of talks over a drink for 2020 will go online

Bishop Richard Umbers will feature in the first Theology on Tap event to be held online next Monday 11 May.

Hosted by the University of Notre Dame Australia chaplaincy team, who are not discouraged by the pandemic lockdown and social distancing restrictions, it will also include popular Irish speaker Fr Conn Ó Maoldhomhnaigh.

Theology on Tap is a long-running and popular event series, usually held at a bar, which has routinely drawn an audience of more than 200 people from the university and wider community.

The event to be live-streamed on the Theology on Tap Facebook page, is a special one to mark the 200th anniversary of Fr John Joseph Therry’s arrival in Sydney.

One of the founding fathers of the Church in Australia, Fr Therry was educated at Carlow College, St Patrick’s, in Ireland before arriving in Sydney in May 1820. He spent the next 40 years helping to establish the first church in the city – where St Mary’s Cathedral now stands.

Fr Ó Maoldhomhnaigh is the president of Carlow College and will speak on the topic, ‘Archpriest John Therry – a Meddling Priest?’.

Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Richard Umbers will introduce the event, which will conclude with a question and answer session from the online audience.

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