Ashburton, VIC - St Michael's Catholic (20959)

Year Built: 1955

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Michael

Address: 270 High Street, Ashburton, Victoria, 3147

Last Updated: 13/09/2021

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History and Architecture:

The first Mass was conducted by Father Patrick Loughnan on Sunday 11 December 1927 at the Ashburton Hall located on the corner of High Street and Johnston Street, just west of the shopping centre. On 26 April 1946 Ashburton was created a parish, entrusted to the care of Father John Ryan who had been an army chaplain. As the parish grew he had to buy more land from the government to meet the growing demands.

Fr Ryan oversaw the building of the present church, but tragically, 2 months before its completion he suffered a sudden heart attack.

A Foundation stone reads, "His Grace Most Rev D Mannix D.D. L.L.D. blessed and opened this memorial Church erected for the creator Glory of God and in Honour of St Michael 15th May 1955".

Clergy:

This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
Further submissions welcomed.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1927 - Father Patrick Loughnan 1958
1946 - 1955 Father John Ryan 1955
1955 - 1972 Father John Connellan 1987
1972 - Father Phillip Smith
1998 - Father Bill Attard

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.