Benalla, VIC - St Joseph's Catholic (20105)

Year Built: 1908

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Joseph

Address: Corner Wedge & Arundel Streets, Benalla, Victoria, 3672

Last Updated: 10/04/2022

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History and Architecture:

The first St Joseph's was built in 1866.

The current Church was completed in 1908 in a Romanesque style at a cost of £9,000. The Foundation stone was laid by his Grace the Most Reverend Dr Carr Archbishop of Melbourne on 21 July 1907 assisted by Bishop Reville and Dean Davey 1907. In 1989 a fire destroyed a large part of the building with many parts being replaced. This included the pressed steel roof.

The Church bell was blessed and installed by His Lordship Bishop Revelle on November 13th, 1904. The ceremony took over an hour. The Jesuit Superior of Australia preached at the Mass which followed the Blessing of the Bell.The Inscription on the Bell reads, "Matthew O'Byrne Fountain Head Bell Foundry, James Street, Dublin. Present-ed to St. Joseph's Church, Benalla, by Archdeacon Davy D.D.,V.G. 1904".

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
1876 - Father John Scanlon 1847 1880
1877 - 1879 Father Michael Kennedy Asst
1883 - 1884 Father P. J. Kavanagh Asst 1930
1880 - 1908 Dean Owen Davy 1841 1908
1884 - Father John Carolan
1886 - 1889 Father J. Fitzgerald Asst
1889 - 1893 Father Mauricw Byrne Byrne Asst 1946
1893 - 1896 Father William Tobin Asst 1911
1896 - 1900 Father David Tobin Asst
1900 - 1906 Father James O'Reilly Asst 1944
1906 - 1915 Father William Armstrong Asst 1960
1908 - Dean James O'Reilly
1915 - 1917 Father John Duggan Asst 1955
1917 - 1919 Father Matthew Dunne Asst 1947
1919 - 1921 Father Otto Francis Meyer Asst 1966
1921 - 1934 Father Hugh Ryan Asst
1930 - 1934 Father Joseph Ryan Asst
1938 - 1946 Father George Shanahan Asst 1972
1944 - 1954 Monsignor Matthew Rohan 1879 1953
1946 - 1949 Father Leo Lacey Asst
1946 - 1951 Father Vincent Cochrane Asst 1975
1949 - 1952 Father David W. Murphy Asst
1951 - 1952 Father John S. Ryan Asst
1952 - 1954 Father Patrick Collins Asst
1952 - 1957 Father Patrick Farrell Asst
1954 - 1955 Father Michael O'Reilly Asst
1954 - 1958 Monsignor J. Ryan 1958
1955 - 1959 Father William Harney Asst
1957 - 1960 Father Donald O'Neill Asst
1958 - Father J. T. Awburn 1890 1971
1958 - 1965 Father Leslie Ring Asst
1959 - Monsignor J. T. Awburn 1971
1960 - 1968 Father Felix Wozniczak Asst
1965 - 1971 Father Bryan Long Asst
1968 - 1969 Father John Duffas Asst
1969 - Father Michael Goonan Asst
1969 - 1971 Father Paul Ly Asst
1971 - Father Brian Connell Asst

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. St Joseph's Parish Benalla 1876 - 1976- November 26 -29 1976. 254.0342 SAIN
2. Church website.