Timeline: 1980-1989


Proposals to initiate a diocesan based Mission team for the Decade of Evangelism.

Release of the document “Priests and Presbyteries” on the policies, customs, practices in the management of parishes and the diocese of Bunbury, prepared by Fr R. Hardiman

July 1988
Bishop Quinn chairs the Catholic Education Review Committee.

Interdiocesan Committee on Teacher Housing recommends parish/school boards apply for State Government Low-Interest-Loan-Scheme- for LILS money.

Death of Fr Ned Kenny, former Vicar General

Marian Year 1988
Visit to Diocese from the Catholic Enquiry Centre, Sydney.

Pastoral formation Programme begins with and Easter discussion group shared by 125 enrolments. It was initiated by Majellan Brothers under Br John Flazon and Br Terence O’Loughlin

November 1987
Pastoral formation programme coordinated by Majellan Brothers.

September 7th, 1987
Faculty for Communion under both kinds be available in parishes as opportune.

Dardanup Convent designated as Dardanup Prayer House.

August 11th, 1987
First meeting of Steering Committee of Mandurah Catholic College

May 1st-8th, 1987 Visit from Sr Veronica Goodwin RSM to work with local youth leaders
May 1987 Parish renewal programmes conducted by Movement for a Better World team in Donnybrook, Pinjarra and Collie Parishes.
March 1987 Charismatic retreats and missions offered by Fr Jack Soulsby SM in various parishes
November 10-11th, 1986
Celebrations for Albany’s 125th Anniversary

Visit of Pope John Paul II to Australia, including Mass at Belmont Park

October 18th, 1986 Erection of a Diocesan Liturgy Commission with Fr R. Hardiman, Chair
August-September 1986 Confirmation from Rome of approval for distribution of communion under both kinds at all Sunday Masses
April 6-10th, 1986
New classroom and administration areas built for St Joseph’s Waroona.

Advisory body formed for cohesiveness with Charasmatic Renewal.

March 23rd, 1986 Opening and blessing of Leschenault Catholic Primary School (70 pupils)
March 9th, 1986
Inaugural Mass for School Year with Principals from regional Catholic schools

Ordination of Fr Michael Slattery in St Patrick’s Cathedral

January 1985 Transfer of priests to new parishes for six year appointments
1986 Dedication and opening of Lumen Christi Church, Augusta
November 1985
Establishment of the South West Office of the Catholic Education Office as the Bunbury Diocesan Centre. Brother A. Dally cfc Regional Administration Officer

Closure of Tintinara Hostel for Aborigines in Albany

November 11th, 1985
Appointment of Dr John Goodfellow, first lay principal of St Joseph’s College, Albany

November 2nd, 1985 Music and liturgy conference at Bridgetown with Sr Deirdre Brown IBVM
April 15-18th, 1985
Clergy Conference at Redemptorist Retreat House dealing with Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults; Marriage tribunal operations; Deaneries; the role of the priest in a school; provision for Diocese to take over the Money Street flats, and an annual sum to be allocated to Sick Priests’ Fund; the Orange People or Rajneeshees; and ARCIC Conferences.

First Training Programme for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults conducted at Donnybrook with participation from Majimup, Collie and Donnybrook. Inquiry nights conducted in Manjimup.

Creation of the new Leschenault Church as a formal parish

January 27th, 1985
Dedication of the site of Lumen Christi Church, Augusta

Canonical erection of a new parish of Eaton, Australind and Clifton Park
Contract let for the building of a Catholic school at Australind

Parish programmes conducted on “Travelling Together”, on the Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission’s Agreed Statements

Visit of Bede Griffiths OSB promoted by Fr Doug Conlan involving lectures, interviews and a televised TV Mass of the Indian liturgy

November 13-18th, 1984 The annual national Canon Law Conference held in Perth with keynote speaker Ladislas Orzy SJ and gave priests an opportunity to update on the mentality of the new Code (novus habitas mentis)
July, 1984
Deacon Paul Gee appointed Chancellor of Bunbury Diocese in accord with new provisions in Code of Canon Law.

Diocesan Finance Committee established in terms of provisions of Code of Canon Law (Frs G. Crocetti, K Johnston, R. Hardiman, Paul Geel and Mr P. Beeson)

World Premiere in Bunbury of the film The Scarlett and the Black” (the life of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty) promoted by Knights of the Southern Cross per courtesy of Robert Holmes a Court

Issue of Special Ministers of the Eucharist being considered in Diocese raised by Mr A. Stott OFM

Formal change of name of Senate of Priests to Bishop’s Council of Priests.

May 1st, 1984 Episcopal Ordination of Most Rev Barry Hickey as Bishop of Geraldton
February 26th-March 2nd, 1984
Annual Clergy Conference at Redemptorist Retreat House. Topics included the Guidelines for Religious Instruction and the new Code of Canon Law and the 6 year cycle of priests appointments.

New presbytery on Hesse Street Waroona built by local committee under Ray Vergone and Fr J.J. McGrath.

Salvatorian Fathers to take pastoral care also of Lake Grace – Wagin Parish

February 1984 Ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate (Bunbury 12th), Albany (19th), Kojonup (14th), Mandurah (26th)
June 12th, 1983 Bishop Quinn confirmed diocesan policy about fixed term appointments of parish priests (six years) as allowed for in new Code of Canon Law (C522) and policy of Australian Bishops’ Conference
June 1983
Announcement of a new Carmelite Monastery to be constructed at Gelorup (Bunbury).

Renovation of a Catholic shop adjacent to Blessed Sacrament Chapel

April 11-15th, 1983 Clergy Conference at Redemptorist Retreat House. Topics included Marriage Annulment Process (H. O’Leary CSsR) and Paulian Solo Parents Association; Familaris Consorlio of John Paul II on family life; Antioch Youth Movement
April 21st, 1983 Official opening of Assumption Catholic Primary School
1983 Holy Year January 31st

Official opening and blessing of St Thomas More Church, Margaret River
August 4th, 1982 Formal installation of Peter Quinn as Bishop of Bunbury in St Patrick’s Cathedral and Reception at Italian Club
June 1982 Appointment of former auxiliary Bishop of Perth, Most Rev. Peter Quinn DCL. DD., as third Bishop of Bunbury
May 1982 Announcement of Rome’s acceptance of retirement of Bishop Myles McKeon on grounds of ill health
April 25th, 1982 Dedication and opening of Star of the Sea Church, Esperance
March 6th, 1982 Beginning of formal training for diaconate
February 16-19th, 1982
Clergy Conference at Redemptorist Retreat House. Topics covered included the implication of the Nutt Report implemented in State Schools about accreditation of teachers for RE in State schools.

Majellan Brothers to offer training for lay catechists on regional basis and by correspondence; B. Hickey on Marriage Preparation; the training programme for deacons; the new lectionary 3 vols.

Announcement of Rome’s decision of Bishop McKeon’s resignation on health grounds and appointment as Apostolic Administrator.

February 6th, 1982 Ordination of Fr Tony Chiera at Hull Contractors shed by Bishop R Healey
February 1982
Beginning of classes at Assumption Catholic Primary School, Gordon Road, Mandurah.

Beginning of diaconate training programme for the six candidates and their wives

January 24th, 1982 Blessing of the site for the new rammed earth church at Margaret River
July 1st, 1981 Establishment of Diocesan Development Fund to provided funds for building of churches, schools and other facilities in the parishes of the Diocese through parishioners investment
March 1981
Visit of Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Barbarito to Bunbury Diocese.

Withdrawal of Blessed Sacrament Fathers from Bunbury Diocese.

February 23rd-28th, 1981 Clergy Conference at Redemptorist Retreat House. First financial report in new format. Proposed to set up Diocesan Development Fund
1981 Establishment of Diocesan Development Fund with Mr Paul Gee as manager
December 1980 Appointment of Mr Paul Gee to assist in the chancery and financial work of the diocese

August 1980 Arrival of Polish Salvatorians in Bunbury, Fr Casimir Stuglik and Fr Andrew Pyka