On this page we will give you a brief background to our Parish
At Good Shepherd, Parish of Mulgrave:
Bless. O Good Shepherd, This our parish.
Guide our actions,
Show us what we must do,
So that in all things
Our lives may be pleasing to You.
Inspired by Your sacrifice and love,
May our united endeavour
Enable us to glorify You,
Grow in love,
And provide for the needs of our parish. AMEN.
1967 Mass was originally celebrated in the Notting Hill Hall. Father Leo Ryan built the Parish Church/Hall where the first Mass was celebrated in December 1967.
1968 In January, Father Thomas Foynes was appointed as the first Parish Priest (1968-1971) and first school building completed.
1969 Grade 4 children were bussed here to school from St. Leonard’s, Glen Waverley (our parent parish).
1970 Good Shepherd School officially opened with classes from Grade Prep to Grade 3.
1971 Father James Feenan was appointed to replace Fr. Foynes, as the second Parish Priest (1971-1973).
1973 Father John Cunningham replaced Fr. Feenan as third Parish Priest, (1973-1980).
1975 Father Frank Bellett was appointed as the parish’s first Assistant Priest (1975-1979).
1977 Parish Church/Hall extensions were completed; they were officially blessed by Bishop John Kelly.
1979 Father Barry Caldwell replaced Fr. Bellett as the second Assistant Priest (1979-1982). Deacon Des Moloney assisted in the Parish until his ordination in August.
1980 Father Patrick Maye replaced Fr. Cunningham as fourth Parish Priest (1980-1994).
1982 Father Kevin Burke (1982-1985) replaced Fr. Caldwell as third Assistant Priest.
1984 St. Justin's School commenced, operating out of classrooms at Good Shepherd and using the School House in Academy Ave (next door to Hall).
1985 Father Gerry McKernan became the 4th Assistant Priest (1985-1986).
1986 St. Justin's Parish was annexed from Good Shepherd with a nucleus of 673 former Good Shepherd families on 26th January, 1986. Fr. Michael Wheeler, first Parish Priest.
1989 Fr. Vincent Arthur "retired" from the Parish of Spotswood and became the Parish's fifth Assistant Priest (1989-1990). Official Opening of the New Church 3rd March 1989.
1991 Fr. Frank O'Loughlin (1991-1994).
1993 Parish celebrates its Silver Jubilee on March 27/28 with a Dinner Dance & Open Day.
1994 Fr. Wlodzimierz (Vladimir) Sobolewski, C.R. (1994-2000) became our next Parish Priest on Wednesday, 19th January. Fr. Mirek Knap, C.R. appointed Assistant Priest (18 August 1994 to 28th January 1998).
1998 Fr. Kazimierz Trawicki, C.R. replaced Fr. Mirek as Assistant Priest. Official Opening and Blessing of Refurbished Hall.
2000 Fr. Vladimir Sobolewski, C.R., left after 6 years as Parish Priest, to work in Bermuda. Fr. Kaz Trawicki will continue on as our new Parish Priest.
2001 Fr. Mirek Knap, C.R. returns to work as Assistant Priest in the Parish. June 25th - First Ordination in the Parish: Christian Fini ordained at Good Shepherd Church.
2005 24th April Archbishop Dennis Hart officially blessed the opening of New Staff Room and renovated classroom block in the School.
1968-1971 Father Thomas Foynes Appointed first Parish Priest. † dec. 2005
1971-1973 Father James Feenan - Parish Priest
1973 - 1980 Father John Cunningham - Parish Priest
1975-1979 Father Frank Bellett - first Assistant Priest. † dec. 2005
1979-1982 Father Barry Caldwell - Assistant Priest
1980-1994 Father Patrick Maye - Parish Priest
1982-1985 Father Kevin Burke - Assistant Priest
1985-1986 Father Gerry McKernan - Assistant Priest
1989-1990 Father Vincent Arthur - Assistant Priest. † dec. 1990
1991-1994 Father Frank O'Loughlin - Assistant Priest
1994-2000 Father Wlodzimierz (Vladimir) Sobolewski, C.R. - Parish Priest
1994-1998 Father Mirek Knap, C.R. - Assistant Priest
1998-2000 Father Kazimierz Trawicki, C.R. - Assistant Priest
2000- Father Kazimierz Trawicki, C.R. - Parish Priest
2001-2008 Father Mirek Knap. C.R. - Assistant Priest