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Julian Tenison Woods
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Julian Tenison Woods
Julian Edmund Tenison-Woods was born on 15 November 1832 in Westsquare, London.
He was educated at Thomas Hunt's Catholic School and shortly at Newington Grammar School.
In 1848, he discussed ideas about the Tractarian movement with Fr Frederick Oakley whilst helping him at a school in Islington.
He taught English at a Naval College on the outskirts of Toulon, France whilst studying for other subjects.
He soon returned to England and in 1854 he met Bishop R. W. Wilson joined him on a long journey to Van Damien's Land (Tasmania). They arrived on January 30, 1855 but Tennison left after three months because he and Bishop R. W. Wilson had a falling out. He left for Adelaide and on January 4, 1857 he was ordained as a diocesan priest. He also became the leader of the large parish of Penola, located in south-eastern South Australia.
After leaving in Australia for a while he soon published his first book called
Geological Observations in South Australia
In 1887, Julian Tennison became ill, he returned to Sydney to be taken care of by a group of religious women. He won another award in 1888 called the Clarke medal for his contributing in the work of natural history.
In 1866, he and Mother Mary MacKillop found the sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart in Penola.
He then became the director-general of Catholic Schools and Chaplin and secretary to Bishop Sheil the following year.
He soon left Adelaide and traveled around New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland. In Brisbane he founded another organization called the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.
After 1883, he visited many places in and outside of Australia. He wrote many articles and papers about his journeys and sent them to be published in newspapers all over Australia.
He wrote, 'Fish and Fishereirs of New South Wales' and won a gold medal for it, given to him by William iii of the Netherlands.
In 1889 on 7th October, Tennison died of paralysis. He was buried in the Roman Catholic section of Waverley cemetery.
Julian Tennison Woods will always be remembered as an idealistic, stubborn individual who gave a lot to his community and a dedicated religious leader who was passionate about the education of people who were poor.
Father Julian Tenison Woods contributed in many ways to the Catholic Church in Australia as he tirelessly worked to extend the reign of God in his times and he innovatively used his beliefs and gifts to assist the Church and society.
One of his most renowned and important contribution was his work in planning and establishing schools which catered for many Catholic children especially for the poorer families in various country towns.
For example his work with Mary Mackillop. Woods inspired her devotion to the education of all children. In 1866 he worked with her and together they founded the Sisters of St Joseph who provided Catholic education to the poor. Mary Mackillop and Julian Tenison Woods together developed an organised system of Catholic schooling.
Following this he became the first Director of Catholic Education in South Australia in 1866. He also was involved in building many churches in Penola, Robe and Mount Gambier. For over ten year Woods travelled, preached and started schools while simultaneously working with the Sisters of St Joseph.
Apart from the Catholic church Woods also maintained an interest in science and nature. He made many contributions to Australian geology, palaeontology and zoology. In 1866 he achieved an award for his scientific work called the Clarke Medal for distinguished contribution to Natural Science.
How he has enriched the Australian Church and Society
Father Julian Tenison Woods has greatly enriched the Australian Catholic Church, especially through the form of education. This is because he has helped build and plan out many schools and formed a Catholic education system. This also contribute to society because he provided these schools for all children, even the poor so that everyone could receive the good Catholic education that they deserve regardless of wealth or social status.
During his times he also allowed many Catholics to practise their religion by building many churches.
In 1866, Mary Mackillop and Julian Tenison Woods co-founded an organization that helps draw the strength to the places in our world where there is fear, poverty and violence
The Sisters of St Joseph now travel around the world and assist people in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Peru, East Timor, Scotland and Brazil.