George F. Dillon

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Msgr. George F. Dillon, D.D.,
Missionary Apostolic,
Cameriere Segreto Soprannumerario
(Private Chamberlain to Pope Leo XIII)
Alias(es) Latin: Georgio Dillon
Born c. 1836
Dublin, Ireland, U.K.
Died 29 January 1893 (56) [1]
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Alma mater Mount Melleray Seminary; All Hallows College, Dublin (D.D., 1860)

George Francis Dillon (c. 1836 - January 29, 1893) was an Irish Catholic priest who was employed as a missionary in Australia, notably founding a mission at Burragorang in addition to serving various congregations throughout New South Wales, being appointed a Missionary Apostolic by Pope Pius IX.

Later in his life, in 1884, Pope Leo XIII granted Dillon the position of Cameriere Segreto Soprannumerario, or Private Chamberlain, appointing him directly into the Papal court.[2] Following this appointment, and in support of the Humanum Genus, Pope Leo XIII's encyclical against Freemasonry, Dillon lectured on the perceived development of atheistic, anti-Christian movements across Europe, spurred on by Masonic lodges and their ilk, these conspiracy theories being published under the title The War of Antichrist with the Church and Christian Civilization with strong Papal support.

Selected Bibliography

  • Dillon, George F. (1870), Ireland: What She Has Done for Religion and Civilisation, Sydney: J. J. Moore, Australian Book Mart 
  • Dillon, George F. (1873), Sacred Heart of Jesus: a Sermon Preached at the Solemn Consecration of the Diocese of Maitland 
  • Dillon, George F. (1874), An Irish Missionary in the Australian Bush: His Life, Labours and Death: A Sermon, Sydney: E. Flanagan 
  • Dillon, George F. (1884), Virgin Mother of Good Counsel: A History of the Ancient Sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Genazzano 
  • Dillon, George F. (1885), Hymns and Devotions in Honor of the Virgin Mother of Good Counsel, Philadelphia: D. J. Gallagher 
  • Dillon, George F. (1885), The War of Antichrist with the Church and Christian Civilization: Lectures Delivered in Edinburgh on October, 1884., Dublin: M. H. Hill & Son, 
  • Dillon, George F. (1885), The Spoilation of Propaganda: A Lecture Delivered in Edinburgh, Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son 
  • Dillon, George F. (1892), The Virgin Mother of Good Counsel: A History of the Ancient Sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Genazzano, and of the Wonderful Apparition and Miraculous Translation of Her Sacred Image from Scutari in Albania to Genazzano in 1467; to Wich Is Added a Chapter on the Miraculous Crucifix in the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son 


  1. "Obituary.", The Tablet: 24, 4 Feb. 1893,, "We have also to report another death, that of MGR. GEORGE DILLON, which took place on the 29th inst., comforted by the Rites of the Church, and assisted to the last by the Passionist Fathers, for whom he had always great friendship. He died in the Palazzo di Rossi, in the Piazza Ara Coeli, where he had lived for many years. He was 56 years of age, and was educated at All Hallows College, Dublin. In the year 1861 he left for Sydney (Australia) for the missions there, and for some time worked under the Venerable Archbishop Holding, and subsequently under Archbishop Roger Bede Vaughan, brother of the present Cardinal. During his time in Australia he was sent on an important mission to Balmain (Australia). Together with Archbishop Vaughan he was Editor of The Catholic Press, an Australian paper, but, in the year 1882, he had to come to Italy because of his ill-health. Since then, however, he was not idle, but continued to use his pen, producing many works, amongst which is celebrated his book on the miraculous picture 'Of Good Council,' which is venerated at Genazano. The Pope, in recognition of his services, named him Monsignore in the year 1884, with the title of Cameriere Segreto. R.I.P." 
  2. "OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL.", The Tablet 63: 934, 14 June 1884,