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St Francis Xavier Catholic Church
St Francis Xavier Catholic Church 21-01-2018 - John Huth, Wilston, Brisbane
St Francis Xavier Catholic Church 00-00-1918 - John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. See Note.

St Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Goodna, QLD 4300

Church Information

Church Name: St Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 6 Church St, Goodna QLD 4300, Australia
Suburb: Goodna
State: QLD
Postcode: 4300
Foundation Stone Laid: 15-08-1880
Foundation Stone Notes: 

A plaque records: Heritage Place - St Francis Xavier Church - An initiative of Ipswich City Council - This church was the first in the Goodna area and the - founadtion stone was laid in 15 August, 1880 by Bishop - Quinn known locally as Bishop O'Quinn was Queensland's - first catholic bishop. Built of sansstone quarried locally, the church was designed by architect Andrea Stombuco and was - opened in May 1881.

A plaque records: Saint Francis Xavier Church - Goodna - 1881 ~ May 3rd ~ 1981 - This plaque was unveiled by - Archbishop Francis Rush DD - to commemorate the centenary - of the - blessings and opening of this church - Jesus Christ ~ Yesterday ~ Today ~ Always.

A plaque records: In affectionate remembrance - of - Rev Thomas Vincent Keating - Parish Priest of Goodna - 1924 ~ 1941 - In whose memory the Tabernacle - has been erected by the Parishioners.

A plaque on a rock beside the church records: We honour the memory - of the Parishioners - who have shaped Our Parish - by their enduring faith - clarity of vision - and constancy of support. - May they rest from their labours - for their good example continues - to enspire and challenge us?.

Date Opened: 03-05-1881
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


Saint Francis Xavier Church celebrated its centenary in 1992, however its history is longer than that. Initially it was part of Ipswich Parish and with the progress over the years became a separate parish in 1892. The building was built of stone hewn at Goodna at a quarry opposite the cemetery. This same quarry provided the stone for the Brisbane School of Arts and St Patrick's Church in Fortitude Valley. Saint Francis' was originally known as St Patrick's until sometime in 1910, and the school name was changed in 1948. The school celebrated its centenary in 2010. (Source: www.home.gil.com.au/~tmacey/VinceHanley/index.htm) Also see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Francis_Xavier_Church,_Goodna

More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photograph uploaded 23/2/2018.

Note; Photograph source - http://onesearch.slq.qld.gov.au/primo_library/libweb/action/dlSearch.do?Search+the+Library=St+Francis+Xavier+Church%2C+Goodna&institution=SLQ&onCampus=false&vid=SLQ&group=Guest&indx=1&dym=true&search_scope=SLQ_PCI_EBSCO&query=any%2Ccontains%2CSt+Francis+Xavier+Church%2C+Goodna



Last Updated: Friday 23rd February, 2018