100 YEARS AGO
Next year is a very exciting one for our parish as we plan to celebrate our Centenary. There are three important dates in the history of St Joan of Arc Parish, which are sneaking up on us but are worth remembering.
On 18 April 1920, Archbishop Mannix laid the foundation stone for the original St Joan of Arc Church/School, on the site now entirely incorporated within its present school. At the same time, he dedicated the newly-forming parish to the patronage of Blessed Joan of Arc, whose canonization was to take place four weeks later, on 16 May 1920.
This was done in the presence of the Parish Priest of St James, Fr Gough, who actually founded the parish, and his assistant, Fr Patrick Gibbons, who was commissioned to be our first Parish Priest.
As the new school was opened on 1 March 1921, we can also remind the present children of SJA school that they are truly members of the one-hundredth-year student body at the school and congratulate staff, students, parents and parishioners on being part of this significant landmark.
Dan Whelan (Parishioner since 1970)
Message From Archbishop Peter Comensoli
To the Parishioners of the Catholic Parish of Brighton
It has come to my attention that on 18 April this year, you will be celebrating the Centenary of the Laying of the Foundation Stone by Archbishop Mannix, of the original church-school of St Joan of Arc’s Parish in Brighton.
One hundred years is certainly a significant occasion, and I wish to congratulate the Parish on all that has been achieved over the intervening years. It is incredible to think that at this time in 1920, it was only a month away from the canonization of St Joan. The communities of both church and school have grown steadily under her watchful patronage.
I wish to convey my deepest appreciation to the Presentation Sisters who staffed the Parish School for some sixty years, and to the various priests and lay people who have given so generously of their time and energy in the Parish since its inception. I especially offer my sincere gratitude to Fr Martin Dixon who has sustained the community in recent years.
Just as you prepare to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone for your neighbourhood of grace, may we all keep close in our hearts and prayers the foundation stone of Christ’s love and mercy that unites us all.
With every grace and blessing I remain,
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,
Most Rev Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne