ABOUT US

The St John Vianney Morisset Parish is a moderator model run community under leadership of a parish leadership team with guidance from Father Geoff Mulhearn,
Priest Supervisor.

ADDRESS

St John Vianney Church
60 Yambo Street, Morisset

Sts Patrick & Brigid Church

Martinsville Road, Cooranbong

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ST PATRICK’S AND 
ST BRIGID’S CEMETERY

EARLY HISTORY

This 3 acre block was originally part of a 2,000 acre Land Grant made to Lieutenant  Percy Simpson in  1826. Surrounded by abundant native forests, and close to the then,  permanent fording place over Dora Creek,  Simpson  cleared  this north eastern corner using six assigned convicts, and established a farm.

Over the next 30 years or so, a thriving village community grew associated with the timber industry, the majority being Roman Catholics who banded together and in 1861 built a humble weatherboard church.  In 1906 a more substantial brick building was erected and dedicated by The Most Rev Dr Kelly, Coadjutor Archbishop of Sydney.

PIONEER STATISTICS

155 burials during the 1800s

5 of those buried here having been born in the 1700s

TIMELINE

1861 July

1st known burial, Mary Blackford   14 years,   killed by a falling tree

 

1861  Nov

timber church built, also used as Non Vested National School

1862 June

2nd known burial, Annie Malone 13 years, domestic fire accident

 

1895 April & May

Mother Mary MacKillop visited the ‘Brown Joey’ teachers

1895 19 May

Mother Mary McKillop went to mass in the timber church

 

1906

St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s brick church built  –  Cletus Taylor

1982

Cemetery - National Trust listed

2006

Columbarium built

2011

150th Celebrations

2015 May

Celebrations for Saint Mary of the Cross, 120 years since her visit