John Bede Polding

John Bede Polding
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  • 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.
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