Leongatha, VIC - St Lawrence Catholic (22031)

Year Built: 1913

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Lawrence

Address: 31 Ogilvy Street, Leongatha, Victoria, 3953

Traditional Owners: Bunurong People

Architect: Charles I. Rice

Last Updated: 05/01/2023

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History and Architecture:

The Church was opened on 16th November 1913. The Foundation stone was laid by Bishop Patrick Phelan of the Sale Diocese on the 26th of April. Dr Mannix, Coadjutor Archbishop of Melbourne preached the occasional sermon at the Pontifical High Mass.

The original plans for the Catholic Church prepared by Melbourne architect, Charles I. Rice, were for a brick building in the Romanesque Style including a belfry with an estimated cost of £7,000. It was decided to proceed with only part of the original plan, omitting the belfry, sanctuary and part of the nave, and the modified building was constructed by F. and E. Deague of Fitzroy for the sum of £3,200. In 1938, the present cream cement render was added to the exterior.

A Memorial stone reads, "This memorial stone was blessed by the Most Rev Patrick Phelan Bishop of Sale April 20th 1913. Rev Peter J. Coyne Pastor".

The old church had been removed and renovated for use as a school at a cost of 381 pounds. Proceeds from concerts, sports meetings and donations amounted to £1,509 while the cost of the new building totalled £3,421. The amount owing upon the building, after paying off the original mortgage and incidental expenses amounted to £3,200.

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
1909 - 1912 Father J. T. Fitzpatrick Asst
1910 - 1934 Father Peter J. Coyne 1934
1912 - 1916 Father P. K. O'Brien Asst
1916 - 1917 Father P. M. O'Donnell Asst
1917 - 1922 Father J. O'Donnell Asst
1922 - 1923 Father R. Buckley Asst
1923 - 1925 Father J. J. McCormack Asst
1925 - 1929 Father J. T. Fitzpatrick Asst
1929 - 1930 Father J. Gavin Asst
1930 - 1935 Father J. Walsh Asst
1934 - 1937 Father W. H. O'Connor
1935 - 1937 Father John R. Cunningham Asst 1980
1937 - 1946 Father P. M. O'Donnell
1939 - 1942 Father Edward F. Hynes Asst 1996
1942 - 1945 Father William Hannify Asst 1988
1945 - 1946 Father J. Kennedy Asst
1946 - 1947 Father J. Ward Asst
1947 - 1951 Father Francis R. Ruth Asst 1997
1946 - 1960 Father J. T. Fitzpatrick
1961 - 1980 Father John R. Cunningham 1980
1951 - 1955 Father W. Caffrey Asst 2015
1954 - 1957 Father D. Dee Asst 2007
1955 - 1958 Father J. McGuigan Asst 1991
1958 - 1959 Father W. J. O'Regan Asst
1958 - 1961 Father P. Walsh Asst
1960 - 1961 Father N. Daly Asst
1961 - 1961 Father J. F. Rowe Asst
1961 - 1966 Father J. Shanley Asst
1964 - Father J. O'Kelly Asst
1966 - 1968 Father T. O'Connell Asst
1968 - 1972 Father J. Davine Asst
1972 - 1976 Father P. Kooloos Asst
1976 - 1980 Father F. Young Asst
1980 - 1993 Father J. F. Rowie
1979 - 1980 Father J. Davis Asst
1980 - 1984 Father D. Hourigan Asst
1980 - 1993 Father J. F. Flynn
1985 - 1992 Father G. Globan Asst
1992 - 1993 Father D. Hoare Asst
1993 - 2000 Father J. M. O'Kelly
2000 - Father P. A.M. Kooloos
2022 ? - Father Peter Bickley

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. Faith of our Fathers A history of St Lawrence O'Tool's Parish Leongatha. 1901 - 2001 John Murphy.
2. Deceased Clergy in Australia, 1788-2023.