Hurstville, NSW - St Michael's Catholic (10079)

Year Built: 1885

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Michael

Address: Croydon Road, Hurstville, New South Wales, 2220

Last Updated: 04/01/2021

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History and Architecture:

On 18 December, 1850, Michael Gannon purchased 1905 acres from the estate of Captain John Townson whose grant of crown land took in the whole of the present suburbs of Hurstville and Carlton reaching almost to Kogarah Bay.

Michael Gannon then transferred ownership of two acres to the Most Reverend John Bede Polding on 24 November, 1855 as a site for a Catholic church.

Thirty years later a meeting of Catholics under the chairmanship of Rev. Placid Quirk, pastor of the mission, decided to take steps to build on this land a temporary church with the title of St Michael'.

The foundation stones of the church, which also served as a school house, and of the convent for the Sisters of Charity who were to teach there, were laid on 2 May 1885 by Archbishop Moran. In October the following year he blessed and opened them.

The coming of the railway to Hurstville increased the population, and soon a larger church was needed. This building, which accommodates up to 400 people, was opened on 16 May, 1909 and is still the parish church. The Presbytery was built in 1914.

The latest shape you see now after the alterations and additions to the old building was blessed on 18th June of the jubilee year 2,000.

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
1912 - 1914 Rev P. Briody 1926
1914 - 1917 Rev Hugh Conaghan 1943
1917 - 1922 Rev R Woulfe 1922
1922 - Rev E. J. O'Brien
1922 - 1924 Rev Joseph Henry Morris 1928
1924 - 1926 Rev P. Galavan 1969
1926 - Rev W Power
1928 - Rev E. J. O'Brien
1929 - Rev G E Herlihy 1929
1929 - 1930 Rev T V. Dunlea 1970
1930 - 1934 Rev T. Kenny 1934
1934 - 1937 Rev J Sherin
1937 - Rev J. C Moverley
1940 - Rev F. P O'Reilly
1944 - Rev W. .
1945 - Rev T. Leen
1946 - Rev P J. Kennedy
1946 - 1949 Rev P. Frost
1949 - 1950 Rev Peter J O'Rourke
1950 - 1952 Rev R Delaney
1952 - 1953 Rev M. Howley
1953 - 1955 Rev K. Spillane
1955 - 1956 Rev J Byrne 1998
1956 - 1958 Rev P Morrissey
1958 - 1959 Rev P. Archbold
1959 - 1961 Rev P. Farrelly
1961 - Rev D Callahan
1961 - 1965 Rev A Bradstreet
1965 - Rev G. I. Abbott
1965 - 1967 Rev A Maher
1967 - 1968 Rev P. Fitzgerald
1968 - 1970 Rev P Morrissey
1970 - Rev A. Newman
1970 - 1972 Rev R Harden
1972 - 1973 Rev P. Zadro
1973 - 1974 Rev P. Crowley
1974 - Rev D Cremin
1974 - 1981 Rev K. Fitzpatrick
1981 - 1982 Rev P. Linder
1982 - 1987 Rev T Smith
1987 - 1989 Rev V. Finnegan
1989 - 1991 Rev A. Mifsud
1991 - 1993 Rev R Slattery
1993 - 2005 Father Isaac Koi MSC
2005 - Rev Mani Malana

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.