21 Mar 2011
Centenary Celebration for Archbishop Clune
Article and photographs by Fr Robert Cross
The homily was preached by Fr Christopher Dowd OP, the official biographer of the Archbishop. Fr Dowd said that a description of the man who was Archbishop Clune could be summed up as being a ‘man of faith.’
Among the intimate congregation gathered for the celebration were thirty descendants of the Clune family, proud of the testimony Archbishop Clune left behind.
Among the many achievements of Archbishop Clune, his enduring legacy in Perth will always be the Cavanagh section of St Mary’s Cathedral, affectionately referred to as the Clune Cathedral. He poured himself into the building of the Cathedral, even travelling the world to seek the materials so that an exquisite sanctuary and side chapels is the result.
The next time you find yourself visiting St Mary’s Cathedral, take the time to reflect upon this enduring legacy in the marble, mosaic and stained glass.
Fr Malachy Clune OP, proclaiming the Gospel during the Mass.
Fr Malachy, a direct descendant of Archbishop Clune is a Dominican
stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Archbishop Hickey with members of the Clune Clan.
Behind them is the chapel of St Therese, one of the side chapels built by
Archbsihop Clune in the 1930's.