• December 1980 12

    Appointment of Mr Paul Gee to assist in the chancery and financial work of the diocese

  • August 1980 08

    Arrival of Polish Salvatorians in Bunbury, Fr Casimir Stuglik and Fr Andrew Pyka

  • November 22, 1979 11

    Meeting in Bunbury to discuss implications of Pope John Paul II’s exhortation Catechesis Tradendae

  • November 3, 1979 11

    Formal application letter from Bishop McKeon to change diocesan boundaries to included Mandurah and Pinjarra in Bunbury Diocese

  • August 19, 1979 08

    Invitation of Polish Salvatorian priests to work in Bunbury Diocese

  • June 10-July 7, 1979 06

    Second cycle of 3-year priests’ renewal course

  • May 29, 1979 05

    Special day of celebrations for WAY’79, WA Anniversary Year (150th).

  • Fr Ned Kenny appointed Vicar General

  • Completion of renovations and construction at the Catholic Youth Camp, Busselton

  • April 23-May 20, 1979 04

    First session of a 3-year cycle of courses towards priests’ renewal

  • March 8-12, 1979 03

    Clergy Conference at Redemptorist Retreat House, North Perth. Sessions on preaching, retirement, Internal Forum, Acolytes and training, Catechetics, Albany Aboriginal Hostel.

  • January 1979 01

    Bishop Mckeon announced he would vacate the “palace” to allow it to become the Parish House and would live temporarily in a flat at St John’s, then in a house on Spencer Street.

  • Trial period began in which Bishop McKeon of Bunbury was deemed Vicar General over the parishes of Mandurah and Pinjarra for twelve months.

  • December 1978 12


  • March 6-10, 1978 03
  • 1978


  • October 1977 10
  • May 31-June 2, 1977 05
  • March 7-11, 1977 03
  • January 1977 01
  • December 1976 12


    Blessing of new Presbytery at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Mandurah by Bishop Peter Quinn

  • November 1976 11

    Beginning of Marriage Encounter in WA.

  • Arrival of 10 Carmelite Sisters from Bangkok, Thailand, to set up an enclosure at the Dardanup Convent. Initially to live in Nedlands.

  • May 2, 1976 05


    Opening of St Joseph’s Primary School, Spencer Park, Albany by Bishop McKeon.

  • April 1976 03

    Establishment of the Office of the Christian Family and Ethnic Services in Bunbury lead by Sr Glenys Yeoman, SJG in Victoria Street, Bunbury

  • February 1976 02

    Introduction of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers into Bunbury – Frs Tony Lawless, Brian Morrison and Fr Joe Gerin, working in Bunbury chapel and in parishes, and on radio

  • January 1976 01

    Two week Renewal Course run by the East Asian Pastoral Institute at St Thomas More College with participation by Bunbury priests, religious and laity

  • September 7, 1975 09

    Archbishop Goody blessed Stage Two extensions of the Mandurah Church.

  • June 1975 06

    Dr Russell Hardiman appointed Director of Catholic Education for Bunbury Diocese.

  • Aboriginal Hostel established in Albany (Tintinara) to offer accommodation for boys to attend high school, under Fr Brian Tierney of the Palatines

  • Holy Year 1975

    First university courses, in-service training, and adult education offered by the Catholic Pastoral Institute of WA, in Bunbury dioceses and elsewhere in WA.

  • 1975

    Introduction of the Franciscan Sisters to Bunbury Diocese to serve Aboriginal apostolate and other needs, based in Wagin.

  • 1975

    Introduction of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers to Bunbury Diocese and establishment of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers to Bunbury Diocese in CBD.

  • November 1974 11

    Appointment of Dr John Prendiville SJ as Foundation Director of the Catholic Pastoral Institute of WA. Purchase of a house in Gnowangerup as new Presbytery

  • July 14, 1974 07


    Opening by Hon G. Gewar and Blessing by Bishop Myles McKeon of nine new units for Star of the Sea Homes, Esperance

  • March 11-14, 1974 03

    Inaugural meeting of the reconstituted Senate of Priests at Priests Conference.

  • February 1973 02

    Constitution of School Boards for Systemic Catholic Schools distributed by CEO. Introduction of the Dominican Sisters from the Philippines to St Vincent’s Hospital, Bunbury

  • Lent 1973

    Launch of Project Compassion as a particular aspect of the Penitential Season of Lent

  • January 1973 01

    Availability of the new three volume edition of the Liturgy of the Hours (Breviary) in English

  • St Francis Xavier’s Boys School and St Joseph’s Girls School amalgamate to become Bunbury Catholic College

  • December 1972 - January 1973 12

    Four Bunbury priests (Frs FitzSimons, Dwyer, Hardiman and Faulkner) took part in a five week Institute of Postconciliar Spirituality and Training programme of Movement for a Better World. Fr Hardiman seconded to the inaugural Australian Promoting group of Movement for a Better world

  • December 9, 1972


    Ordination of Fr Ian Johnson in St Joseph’s Church Busselton

  • November 24, 1972 11

    Announcement of a major cycle of appointments to fixed terms in parishes

  • November 1972

    Arrival of Majellan Brothers for Youth Apostolates in Bunbury Diocese

  • April 1972 04

    Appointment of Miss Colleen Schutz (School teacher) as YCW full-time worker in Diocese

  • January 1972 01


    Opening of Kearnan College, Manjimup. WA’s first co-educational Catholic school

  • August 3, 1971 08

    Clergy Conference in Katanning to discuss issues of youth apostolates in Bunbury

  • April 1, 1971 04

    Inaugural meeting of the Senate of Priests of the Diocese of Bunbury held in the Chapter Hall of St Patrick’s Cathedral Bunbury

  • January-February 1971 01

    Visit to Bunbury Diocese by a group of Majellan Brothers for the young people of the parishes through coffee shops, camps and retreats

  • January 1, 1971


    Opening of Parish/Town Seafarers Centre in Esperance

  • 1971

    Purchase of Money Street block of flats for possible use by retired priests. Balance paid by Mr Frank Devlin

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