Our Parish History

OUR PARISH HISTORY

Some major milestones:

1864:     The Opening of St Augustine’s, Myers Flat; also used as a school.

1866:     A meeting of ‘gentlemen’ at the Johnson’s Reef Hotel, California Gully, to discuss building a        Catholic Church in Eaglehawk.

1868:     Laying of the foundation stone – Reverend Dean Backhaus.

1869:     Opening of St Liborius Church by the Right Reverend Dr Gould, Bishop of Melbourne; parish       was administered from St Kilian’s.

1904:     Laying of the foundation stone for the Parish Hall, and the school was begun.  Mercy Sisters       travelled out from Bendigo.

1917:     St Liborius, Eaglehawk became a parish in its own right; Fr E.J. Rooney was first Parish Priest.       Properties at 386 and 388 Eaglehawk Road (then known as Mt Korong Road) were      purchased to be used as a presbytery and a convent respectively.

1920:     Sisters of St Joseph staffed the school and lived in the convent.

1954:     The Order of Friars Minor came to look after the parish.

1978:     The Sisters of St Joseph withdrew from the parish and the first lay Principal was appointed.

1979:     Raywood and District was brought into the parish.

1982:     Two new classrooms were built.

1994:     Refurbishing of Administration Area of School and Staff Rooms and the two new second-            story classrooms and a glass vault erected over courtyard.

1999:     The Franciscan Friars withdrew from the parish and a Diocesan Priest was appointed.

2004:     New developments were begun:  relocating of tennis courts, parish centre, presbytery and        building of four new classrooms.

2005:     The official opening of the St. Liborius Parish Centre.
2011:     The opening of the new Liborius Centre.

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