The Caroline Chisholm Library

The Caroline Chisholm Library is a Catholic theological lending and reference library situated in central Melbourne (Level 3, 358 Lonsdale St - opposite St Francis Church). Opening Hours are 11am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

All members of the public are welcome to browse the library, use it for reference purposes or attend lectures. Persons interested in borrowing books can become library members (membership forms are avaliable at the Library).

The library catalogue is available online at the Library's website at

This blog will give details of events at the library, text of talks given at the library as well as reviews of books in the library collection.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

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Library Briefs

October 2012

Caroline Chisholm Library Inc


The 350 Foundation was established earlier this year and as a means by which people can assist in supporting Caroline Chisholm Library into the future even if they are not subscriber members of the Library. Members donate $100 per year and with a target of at least350 members we can pay for the library’s running costs. There are over 50 members so far. In October the Committee is launching the Foundation at our Grand Dinner – See Below – and is running a concerted campaign to enlist more members for the Foundation. If you would be willing to assist in this vital campaign please contact the Library President: Mr Anthony Krohn: 0411 483 494. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. Please see the Blog page at: Also support our Facebook page by indicating that you "Like" it :


Book Launch & Talk September 6th 6 30 pm at the Library. "Edmund Campion: The Scholar- The Priest- The Hero- The Martyr" Guest speaker: the book’s editor and enlarger Fr Peter Joseph, gave a lively and well researched talk in his book Edmund Campion and on martyrdom. A DVD of Fr Joseph’s talk will be available for loan. 

Important Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 1st November, 2012

Launch of The Foundation and Funding Raising Dinner & Talk by Anna Silvas for the Caroline Chisholm Library at the Pumphouse Hotel 6.30 for 7 pm. See the enclosed handbill. $75 per head (or $140 per double) plus drinks at bar prices. Cash, cheque or EFT – No credit cards.


FORMAL NOTICE of our AGM is hereby given to all Financial Members. The Caroline Chisholm Library Annual General Meeting: 11 am Saturday 24 th November, 2012 at the Library Meeting Room. Nominations for the Committee members and office bearers due at the library by 10th November. Contact the Library Staff at the Library for nomination forms and further inquiries.


Wednesday Discussion Group-

Each Wednesday at the Library 1-2pm Each week a regular group meets to read and discuss key philosophical and doctrinal texts . This month the Discussion group will consider the Sermon on Marriage and Family by the great Eastern Father St John Chrysostom. Contact John Young at the Library for more information.

Icon School

Meets at the Library between 10-12 each Thursday of the School year. The poster for the Library Fundraising Dinner and Foundation Launch features an icon of Saint Macrina the younger which was especially written by Icon School co-ordinator, John Daly. For more information about the Icon School contact John at the Library on 9670 1815. 

Catholic Book Club 

The Club next meets on Friday, October 26 at 7 pm to discuss Monica Baldwin’s The Called and the Chosen, (1955, Hamish Hamilton, London) Sister Ursula Auberon, is an enclosed nun at the (fictional) Abbaye de la Sainte Croix, Framleghen, Central to the author’s themes are the questions she asked of herself in her first book: "Is it possible to follow a vocation, and later lose it? Or to take one's vows mistakenly in the belief of a vocation? For more information about the Book Club contact the Library on 9670 1815.

Dominican Tertiaries

Blessed Adrian Fortescue Chapter –The Next meeting of the Chapter will be Wednesday November 14 th. We are lay people of different ages and backgrounds who live in the spirit of Saint Dominic and his Order of Preachers (Dominicans). Meetings begin with Vespers (Evening Prayer of the Church’s Liturgy) and then have a discussion or paper on some theological topic of practical importance. We finish at about 7.30 pm. Chapter members support the library by such means as we can - prayer, volunteer work, donations, publicity – according to time and opportunity. For meeting details contact the the Library on 9670 1815. 

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