Blessing and Opening of St Christopher’s Pastoral & Residential Centre

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The Solemn Blessing and Opening of
St Christopher’s Pastoral and Residential Centre

by His Excellency Most Reverend A.T. Yllana, Apostolic Nuncio in Australia

Wednesday 20th September 2017

Photos courtesy of
and The Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn Communications Team

Building of St Christopher’s Pastoral and Residential Centre

St Christopher’s Pastoral and Residential Centre (13 years in the making)


Herbie O’Flynn asked Emeritus Archbishop Francis Carroll to start thinking about what to do at the site of the former Haydon Hall and St Christopher’s Cathedral Presbytery in Manuka, ACT.


The Cathedral Precinct Development Committee began under Archbishop Mark Coleridge and operated until 2014. Members of the committee included Brian Lucas, Bernie Cusack, Chris Doogan, Dennis Morris, Pamela Slocum, John Malouf, Mgr John Woods, Fr Francis Kolocherry along with Rodney Moss and Gerard O’Connell from Cox Architecture.

2013 (November)

Archbishop Christopher Prowse arrived to a project that was all ready but needed the approvals to start. Archbishop Prowse then consulted the priests of the Archdiocese, with the majority giving it their blessing.

2015 (May)

Demolition works began on the Control Group was born. The group Joe Mammoliti (building project Colbartardo and Dominic Staltari Constructions, Rodney Moss, Gerard Eamon O’Donoghue from Cox Pratt from WT Partnership, Cathedral Mgr John Woods and Archdiocesan Administrator Helen Delahunty.

2015 (June)

The turning of the sod ceremony with Archbishop Christopher Prowse.

2017 (July 8)

Building works at St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre are virtually complete. Archdiocesan staff move into the centre from Favier House and the Rheinberger Centre respectively.

2017 (September 20)

Archbishop Christopher Prowse and Archbishop Mark Coleridge join Apostolic Nuncio to Australia Archbishop Adolfo Tito Camacho Yllana to open and bless the newly completed St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre incorporating the 44 Marian @ Manuka Independent Living Units. More than 200 people attend the opening and blessing.

2017 (September 20)

Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Archdiocesan Financial Administrator and Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, His Excellency Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana unveil the plaque at St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre.