St Bede's Catholic Church
St Bede's Catholic Church 12-11-2008 - Peter Liebeskind
St Bede's Catholic Church 00-05-2019 - Ian Thurston -

St Bede's Catholic Church

Appin, NSW 2560

Church Information

Church Name: St Bede's Catholic Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 26 King St, Appin NSW 2560, Australia
Suburb: Appin
State: NSW
Postcode: 2560
Foundation Stone Laid: 00-12-1837
Foundation Stone Notes: 

The foundation stone was laid in Decemebr, 1837 by Archbishop Polding. The text on the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited. 

An inscription above the entrace records: JP EPUS AD 1841.

A heritage sign records: St Bedes - The oldest Catholic Church on the - mainland in continuous & exclusive - use as a church. Built to the design - of Father John Therry - Foundation Laid in December 1837 - by Bishop Polding. - Main structure completed 1841 - Officially opened 8th October 1843 - By Arch Bishop John Bede Polding - Dedicated to St Bede Founder of the - Benidictine Order.

Date Opened: 08-10-1843
Date Closed: unknown


The St Bede's Catholic Church, Appin is part of the Parish of Rosemeadow and the Diocese of Wollongong. Prior to the erection of a church building, Fr John Summer celebrated Mass on Gordon's Farm and later in a cottage, until the church building was completed in 1841, and officially opened and blessed on 8/10/1843. It is the oldest continuously used Catholic Church in Australia. It is now encorporated into Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Parish, Rosemeadow. A cemetery adjoins the church. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 12/1/2021 & 22/4/2021.
Last Updated: Sunday 30th July, 2023