Rosemary Goldie, the Parramatta Girl in the Vatican

Rosemary Goldie Room opened in her honour.

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The most senior laywoman in the Vatican in the 20th century was a little known woman from Parramatta, Rosemary Goldie.

The story of this personal friend of multiple Popes, Jacques Maritain and Cardinal Cardijn has an unlikely beginning, when she was raised by her devout grandmother, who sent Rosemary to Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta. Rosemary’s mother had turned to a bohemian lifestyle in Sydney’s Kings Cross, wearing a leopard skin and writing provocative novels.

Today [11 September] the Australian Embassy to the Holy See honours her legacy with the Rosemary Goldie Room, opened in early 2018 by Senator the Honourable Marise Payne, Minister for Defence.

The biannual Rosemary Goldie Lecture in Sydney likewise commemorates her and this year’s lecture features renowned Catholic journalist John L. Allen as the speaker.

Read the complete story in Catholic Outlook.

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