150th Year Celebrations a Success

150th Year Celebrations a Success

St Mary’s Hamilton Celebrating 150 Years and Beyond St Mary’s recent 150th celebrations in Hamilton gathered past and present parishioners to significant weekend events, highlighting a community spirit that lives on in the parish faithful. Visitors were firstly invited to view a thoroughly researched and beautiful display of parish history, presented by two dedicated members of our church.  History tours of significant gravesites at Hamilton’s...

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The San Damiano Crucifix

The San Damiano Crucifix

St Mary’s Church, Hamilton, features a San Damiano Crucifix at the back of the sanctuary.  This is a beautiful crucifix.  Below you can read about the history and symbols which are presented on the crucifix.   The History of the San Damiano Crucifix An unknown Umbrian artist painted the Crucifix Icon in the 12th Century. There is strong Syrian influence, and history tells us that there had been some Syrian monks in the area. It is painted...

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St Mary’s Church Windows

St Mary’s Church Windows

The St Mary’s Church window above the main entrance to the building was created by Master Stained Glass Artist – Jean Orval.  Mr Orval was commissioned by Fr Dunworth in 1959 for the sum of Twelve Hundred Pound. The following information has been provided by his son Noel Orval in 2015. “Starting from the top depictions one can see the four “Tetramorphs”.  These depict: St Matthew as man, St Mark the lion, St Luke...

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St Mary’s Hamilton

St Mary’s Hamilton

From a Little Wooden Chapel …….. St Mary’s Parish records reveal a great spiritual strength and determination of both clergy and pioneers during early settlement. Through their efforts in laying the foundations of religion and the Catholic Church in the Hamilton district, it is the subsequent generations who reap the harvest of past wisdom and perseverance. The acquisition of land and erection of the first building of worship, were...

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Maryknoll Centre

The main building located on Clarendon Street and accessible from Lonsdale Street, originally housed Maryknoll College – a Girls’ Secondary School run by the Good Samaritan Sisters. The school was blessed and opened by Rev J P O’Collins, D D Bishop of Ballarat on Sunday 10 March 1968. Fr R Dunworth was the Parish Priest. Monivae began co-education for senior students with full intake by 1977. As no boarding facilities were available to girls,...

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St Patrick’s Condah

St Patrick’s Condah

Rev Bishop Connors officiated at Condah’s Closing Mass – February 2007  Newspaper Article – Hamilton Spectator Thursday 22 February 2007 CONDAH’ s St Patrick’s Catholic Church closed its doors on Sunday after 127 years service to the community. The weatherboard red tin-roofed building was bursting at the seams, as families who once attended every Sunday returned to say goodbye. Bishop Peter Connors, Fr Pat Mugavin and Fr Paul Gurry officiated a...

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