John Bede Polding was born in Liverpool, England, on November 18, 1794.
He was educated by Benedictine nuns and monks and joined the Benedictine community in 1811.
John Bede Polding travelled by boat through the oceans of the world and arrived in Australia to become their first Catholic Bishop in 1835.
He travelled throughout New South Wales, bringing Christ's healing, compassion and neighbourly love to those who he would meet.
John Bede Polding dreamt of building a Church based on Benedictine principles and practices.
His 'Benedictine dream' cam true and is now seen in the establishment of two Benedictine communities of women: the Benedictine Community at Jamberoo whose first members Polding brought from England in 1848 and the Sisters of the Good Samaritan which began in 1857.