Warragul, VIC - St Joseph's Catholic (20273)

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Joseph

Address: Witton Street, Warragul, Victoria, 3820

Last Updated: 16/02/2022

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History and Architecture:

Around 1907 preparations were in hand for the new parish church. The plans of the architects Reed, Smart and Tappin, which provided for a Romanesque structure, with apse and sanctuary to be added later, were adopted. The foundation stone was laid by the Bishop on 9th June, 1907 and on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception the church was solemnly blessed and opened for worship. The cost was £2,400 but by the date of opening this had been reduced by appeals and donations to £940. The Bishop presented a bell.

The 1907 solid-brick church in fact had never been completed. Some time in the thirties, the parish priest of the time, Father Buckley had plans drawn up to complete the church building as originally planned, but Bishop Ryan did not approve of the proposal.

In 1976, Mgr. Daly invited the architect, Richard Falkinger to present design ideas for the proposed alterations and extensions to the church. His new brief asked for an increase of seating accommodation to 500, a new sanctuary area in line with the promulgations of Vatican 2 and a new sacristy with proper entrance facilities.

An extension and alterations to the Church was made in 1978. It was blessed by the Most Rev Father A.F. Fox on 3 December. The Architect was Richard Falkinger and the builder was James Morrison.

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
1888 - Father T. J. Egan 1888
1889 - Father P O'Connor Asst
1890 - Father E Coleman Asst
1890 - Father D Verlin Asst 1933
1890 - Father T O'Brian Asst
1890 - Father W Power Asst
1890 - 1893 Father M O'Leary
1891 - Father Shanahan Asst
1892 - Father J Nolan Asst
1893 - 1901 Father P Coyne 1934
1895 - Father T Shearman Asst 1914
1904 - 1925 Father M Roche 1869 1925
1896 - Father M Hallinan Asst 1921
1897 - Father Bingham Asst
1903 - Father D McMahon Asst
1906 - Father J Gavin Asst
1907 - Father P Sterling Asst
1912 - Father G Hurley Asst
1925 - 1946 Father R Buckley
1925 - Father J O'Mara Asst
1934 - Father M Dwyer Asst
1934 - Father John Raymond Cunningham Asst 1980
1935 - Father P Crowe Asst
1937 - Father J Daly Asst
1938 - Father F Tosi Asst
1938 - Father O'Hea Asst 1995
1940 - Father W Canavan Asst
1942 - Father J Russell Asst
1942 - Father E Hynes 1996
1944 - Father F Ruth Asst
1946 - Father W Hannify Asst
1946 - Father J Duffy Asst
1947 - Father K Moriarty Asst
1949 - Father W Caffey Asst
1949 - Father P O'Dwyer Asst
1950 - Father W Cagney Asst
1950 - Father H McFall Asst
1951 - Father N Coady Asst
1955 - Father W O'Regan Asst
1952 - Father I Garcia Asst
1961 - Father W Shanahan Asst
1957 - Father D McCartan Asst
1965 - Father J O'Kelly Asst
1966 - Father J Hanley Asst
1968 - Father E McLaughlin Asst
1971 - Father J Flynn Asst
1972 - Monsignor J Daly
1974 - Father J Davine Asst
1974 - Father P Bickley Asst
1976 - Father H Hengel Asst
1977 - Father D Hourigan Asst
1980 - Father D O'Brian Asst
2019 ? - Very Rev Peter Slater

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. The Catholic Church in Warragul. LTP 282.94561 W25b