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Parish History
Years 1979-2000
Years 2000-2006

The Parish and the Salvatorians
1979 - 2000

The first two Polish Salvatorian priests, Father Kazimierz Stuglik and Father Andrew Pyka arrived in 1979 and in 1981 a firm offer was made to purchase the church land in Robinson Road. Under Father Laurence’s tireless work plans were underway for the new church at Blackboy Hill and on 10th May, 1982 an outdoor Mass was held on the site. In 1981 we were joined by two more Polish Salvatorians in Fr Emil Jarco and Father John Liszka. Due to the sale of the Bellevue land, Mass was again held in St Anthony’s school until the opening of the new church in 1983. The new Church and presbytery was opened by The Most Reverend Archbishop Sir Lancelot Goody on February 5th, 1983. In 1983 St Anthony’s School appointed their first lay principal, Mr Terry Palmer who replaced Sister Monica. Sister Philomena stayed on at the school until the end of 1984 and it was with sadness that we said goodbye to the Sisters who had been with us for so long. With the move to the new site in Greenmount, the parish continued to grow, the area around the church and presbytery were developed and parish activities flourished. We were saddened in January, 1984 to hear of the death of Father Paul who passed away in Esperance and was buried at Midland cemetery. Also in January Father Aloysius McDonagh was appointed the first Regional Superior of the Australian Region. In December Father Laurence ended his years at the parish and Father Kazimierz Stuglik was appointed the new Parish Priest. In 1986 the parish celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the parish and the arrival of the Salvatorians. A concelebrated Mass followed by parish social was held, and one of our many guests was Brother Reimar who visited us from America. In November of 1986 we joined with the Catholic population of WA to celebrate Mass with His Holiness, John Paul II at Belmont racecourse. The beginning of 1987 marked another milestone with the beginning of St Anthony’s School’s relocation to Greenmount which was to continue until 1993 when the whole school finally settled at their new site.

In 1988 Fathers Jan Socha and Ignacy Pawlus visited the parish to meet the priests and people in preparation for the transfer of the parish from the British to the Polish Province which took place on April 30th. In October we welcomed three young priests from Poland, Fathers Emil Ciecierega, Janusz Mazurek and Krzysztof Gebski who lived and worked at Greenmount while studying English. At the end of the year Father Kaz moved to Esperance and Father Andrew Pyka became Parish Priest in January, 1989. At the end of the year 4 more young Salvatorians, Fathers Stanislaw Bendkowski, Leonard Macionczyk, Krzysztof Kowalczyk and Zygmunt Wloczek joined us and they have all gone on to bigger things. In 1991 they were joined by Fathers Boguslaw Loska and Miroslaw Redwanc and in August the parish joined the rest of the Archdiocese in sending congratulations to Archbishop Barry James Hickey on his new appointment.

The parish travelled smoothly over the next few years with many committees and groups organising liturgical and social functions enjoyed by many parishioners.
Junior and Senior youth groups were formed, Anthonycare was organised in the parish which has helped many families over the years and we received many Salvatorian visitors from overseas including Brother Dominic from Taiwan who lived with us for a year before his ordination in December, 1993. Many parishioners joined with the Midland parish in worshipping at the Adoration Chapel and in 1993 we celebrated the Year of the Indigenous People, followed in 1994 by celebrations for Year of Family.

In 1994 Father Karol Szojda moved to the parish from Tanzania. He left to become Parish Priest of Carnarvon but due to ill health he returned to Greenmount in 1995 and passed away in April 1996. Fathers Bronislaw Pietrusewicz, Jerzy Kolodziej and Tadeusz Seremet joined us from Poland in 1994 In 1997 Father Andrew left to become Parish Priest of Balcatta. Fr Zygmunt Wloczek became Parish Priest and we were joined by Fathers Franciszek Kot and Marian Brzozowski, and in October by Fr Karol Kulczycki. In January 1998 Father Boguslaw Loska was installed as Parish Priest and in June the Salvatorian Community and the parish celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Father Francis Jordan, founder of the Salvatorians with a Mass concelebrated by Archbishop Hickey and a dinner for parishioners hosted by the Salvatorians.



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