Healesville, VIC - St Bridget's Catholic

Year Built: 1899

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Bridget

Address: Corner High & Ryrie Streets, Healesville, Victoria, 3777

Architect: Vahland & Getzschmann

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri people

Last Updated: 04/09/2023

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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.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
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-present.