St Columbas Catholic Church

St Columba’s Catholic Church

In the early pioneering days the adherents to the Roman Catholic Church assembled in private homes for the celebration of Mass, first by a travelling priest from Albury, and later by one from Corowa. The first record of Mass being spoken in the School of Arts was in June 1892, with the Rev Father Fogarty being the officiating priest.

Soon after this preparations for the building of a church were put under way and these plans reached fruition in the latter half of 1894, when the church was opened.

The first resident priest was the Rev Father Hennessy, who was appointed here in 1894 and remained until 1900, during which time the Presbytery was added. The Presentation Sisters came in 1903 with the Convent School being built in 1909.

With the congregations stretching to bursting point a new structure was built at a cost of in excess of £30,000. The new Church was opened and blessed by Bishop Henschke on 19th July 1967. The former Church was then refurbished and utilised from 1970 by the Primary School.

Information and photo of original church sourced from ‘Berrigan Today and Yesterday’ by Ian Fuzzard.

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