Healesville, VIC - St Bridget's Catholic
Year Built: 1899
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Architect: Vahland & Getzschmann
Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri people
Last Updated: 04/09/2023
History and Architecture:
November 1899 saw the first new parish mission established in Healesville by Reverend Patrick Gleeson who had arrived in Melbourne from Ireland on September 9. He had already served at West Melbourne, Mansfield, Castlemaine and St Kilda East before arriving in Healesville.
At the turn of the 20th century St Bridget's Hall on the corner of High and Symons Streets was used as the first church. This was later moved to Grandview Crescent.
The Foundation stone was laid by the Most Reverend T. J. Carr D.D. Archbishop of Melbourne on 17 December 1910. Mr H. C. Hansen was the builder and the total cost was 900.00. The Church consists of 4 bays with a temporary rear wall.
The Notre Dame de Sion nuns were introduced to Healesville around 1910. They were replaced by the Mercy Sisters of Lilydale who by 1913 had questioned the need for two establishments so close together.*
This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
Further submissions welcomed.
|1900 - 1905||Father Patrick Gleeson||1942|
|1905 - 1910||Father Gerald Byrne||1937|
|1910 - 1919||Father Henry Bakker||1950|
|1919 - 1927||Father C. Kennedy|
|1927 - 1947||Father John Morley Coyne||1966|
|1941 - 1946||Father James Murphy||1999|
|1946 - 1952||Father Patrick Shelton||1956|
|1952 - 1961||Father John Bracken||1982|
|1961 - 1964||Father Joseph William Kelly||1918||1989|
|1964 -||Father D. O'Reilly|
|1982 - 1995||Father Gerard Loughnan|
|1995 -||Father Robert Coghlan|
|2020 ? -||Father Arsenio Tuazon|
No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.
1. Valleys Mist and Mountains. St Bridget's Parish Healesville Centenary 1999. Bernie Morrissey
2. Deceased Clergy in Australia, 1788-2023.