Coffs Harbour, NSW - St Augustine War Memorial Catholic (10695)

Year Built: 1961

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Augustine

Address: 12 Gordon Street, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 2450

Traditional Owners: Gumbaynggirr people

Last Updated: 02/11/2022

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History and Architecture:

The first Church was erected in 1908. It was opened on 26 January 1908 and blown down on Christmas Eve 1908.

The Catholic Life magazine featured the solemn occasion in its October 1961 issue of the Blessing and laying of the Foundation stone of the current Church.

"The foundation stones of the new St Augustine's Church and the Good Samaritan Sisters' Convent in Coffi Harbour were solemnly blessed and laid by His Lordship the Bishop in a well attended ceremony on Sunday, September 3. Bishop Farrelly was accompanied by Father I McEvoy, pastor of Coffs Harbour.

The official party with the Bishop and Father McEvoy were the Architect, Mr J. Fowell of Fowell, Mansfield and Maclurcan and Mrs Fowell, Mr A. E. Hogbin, deputy president of Coffs  Harbour Shire Council and Mr Mick Cunningham representing the parishioners. The cost of the church, said Father McEvoy, when it is completely furnished, will be between £125,000 and £130,000 if not more.

A plaque reads, "This Parish Bell was solemnly blessed by Most Rev J S Satterthwaite, DD BE and was donated by Gruppo Alpini, Italian Community and Supporters on 12 November, 1995 T Borsato Gruppo Alpini CH Fr C G Reinhard Parish Priest.

Clergy:

These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1906 - 1909 Father Charles O'Gallagher
1909 - 1911 Father Patrick Kiely
1911 - 1913 Father Charles Griffin
1913 - 1918 Father Cornelius Hanly
1918 - 1931 Father Henry Van Riel 1937
1931 - 1947 Father Vincent Ryan 1958
1935 - 1937 Father Adrian Curran Asst 1979
1937 - 1939 Father Ray Smith Asst
1939 - Father Owen Daley Asst 1985
1939 - Father Will Peters Asst
1940 - 1941 Father Charles Smith Asst
1941 - 1948 Father John Gleeson Asst
1946 - 1947 Father Jeremiah Dineen Asst 1999
1947 - Father Arthur Daley Asst 1999
1947 - 1954 Father Raymond Smith 1988
1948 - 1949 Father Bede Parker Asst 1994
1950 - 1954 Father Dennis Mullins Asst 1994
1950 - 1957 Father Jeremiah Dineen 1999
1952 - 1962 Father John Buckley Asst
1954 - 1955 Father Augustine Parker
1955 - 1957 Father John Curran
1955 - 1959 Father Edward Galavan Asst
1958 - 1971 Father Thomas McEvoy 1911 2007
1959 - 1961 Father Bernard Kenny Asst 1931 2017
1961 - 1965 Father John Dougherty Asst 1978
1962 - 1964 Father Thomas Mahon Asst 2000
1964 - Father Stephen Nolan Asst
1965 - Father Anthony Casey Asst 2020
1965 - 1969 Father Kieran Daley Asst
1966 - 1968 Father Vincent Doyle Asst 1935 2014
1967 - 1969 Father Bernard Kenny Asst 1931 2017
1969 - Father John Kelly Asst
1969 - Father James Reilly Asst
1969 - 1970 Father Peter Perry Asst
1969 - 1971 Father Clem Dick Asst
1971 - 1975 Father Richard Foley Asst
1971 - 1975 Father James Reilly Asst
1971 - 1993 Father Anthony Casey 2020
1975 - 1976 Father Rex Hackett Asst
1975 - 1977 Father John Fitz Walter Asst
1976 - 1980 Father Colin Reinhard Asst
1977 - 1979 Father Michael Nilon Asst
1979 - 1982 Father James Chappel Asst
1980 - Father Richard Foley Asst
1980 - 1981 Father John Casey Asst
1981 - 1983 Father Gerard Moloney Asst
1982 - Father Dennis Carroll Asst
1982 - 1984 Father Peter Slack Asst
1982 - 1986 Father Michael Roohan Asst
1984 - 1987 Father James Young Asst
1986 - 1988 Father Louis Samyia Asst
1988 - 1993 Father Paul McDonald Asst
1988 - 1991 Father John Naylor Asst
1991 - 1994 Father Geoffrey Bugden Asst
1993 - 2002 Father Colin G. Reinhard
1994 - 1995 Father Michael Brady Asst
1994 - 1995 Father David Gilbey Asst
1995 - 1998 Father Paul Gooley Asst
1995 - 1998 Father Tony Warner Asst
1995 - 2001 Father Maurice Rowe Asst
1998 - 2001 Father Matthew Donnelly Asst
2001 - 2002 Father Garry Hayes Asst
2002 - Father Paul McDonald
2002 - 2003 Father Max Gow Asst
2003 - Father Garry Hayes Asst
2005 - Father Paul Winter Asst

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. St Augustines Parish Coffs Harbour 1906 - 2006 Rosemary Doherty
2. Deceased Clergy in Australia, 1788-2022
3. Catholic Life magazine Oct 1961 issue.