About Us
Company Registration

Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand

Registered Office:
         10 Orion Street, Lismore NSW 2480, Australia

Postal Address:
          PO Box 1, Lismore NSW 2480, Australia

Australian Business Number [ABN]:
          97 006 511 753

Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand is registered with:
          the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission  [ACNC];
          the Australian Securities and Investments Commission  [ASIC];
          and is a Registered Charity.

Executive Committee

         Mrs Sue Rivett

         Rev Tim Brennan MSC
         Dr Rodger Austin
         Rev Francis Poon
         Rev Ken Cafe ofm   [President]
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Company Secretary:
        Mr Greg Isaac

History of CLSANZ

The Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand began - as do many good things - in the late night conversation of good friends with a common interest. It began in Rome about 1960 in St. Peter's College, that forcing house of canonists in the days before Vatican II. In 1956 Owen Oxenham, John Clarke and I, newly-arrived innocents abroad, went to call on Archbishop Sigismondi, Secretary of Propaganda. He asked what we intended to study. In the manner of canon lawyers of the time Owen and John announced confidently that they were there for law. I was amused and a little puzzled when Sigismondi demanded : "Why do people come here from all over the world to study the Gospel of Gasparri and not the Gospel of Jesus Christ?"