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St Michael Catholic Church
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St Michael Catholic Church

Clare, SA 5453

Church Information

Church Name: St Michael Catholic Church
Church Previous Name: St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 27 Victoria Rd, Clare SA 5453, Australia
Suburb: Clare
State: SA
Postcode: 5453
Foundation Stone Laid: 29-06-1873
Foundation Stone Notes: 

The foundation stone for the present church builidng was laid by Fr Reynolds on 29/6/1873. The text on the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited.

The foundation stone of the first church was laid on 18/1/1847 by Rev Michael Ryan VG., and dedicated to St Patrick. The text on the foundation stone is not known, but it did not include St Patrick. Information/photographs are invited.

Masonry sign on front of building records: S Michael - Archangele - O P N.

A plaque records: This plaque commemorates - the 150th anniversary - of the - dedication of the original - St Michael's Church - on May 6th 1849. - Sunday May 30th 1999.

Date Opened: 28-01-1883
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The St Michael Catholic Church, Clare is part of the Parish of Sevenhill and the Diocese of Adelaide. The first record of a Mass being celebrated in Clare was by Fr Michael Ryan, VG in a Mr Patrick Butler's house, in December 1844. The first church building was opened and dedicated by Bishop Murphy on 6/5/1849, who chose St Michael the  Archangel as the patron of the church, not St Patrick. Growth in parishioner numbers, due to the prosperity of the area from the Burra copper mines, led to plans for a larger church building being drawn up and to a foundation stone being laid in 1873. Over the next period, the need for substantial funds to erect the church building and the drift of people from the area made fundraising difficult. This required a substantial fundraising effort with the church building not opened until 28./1/1883. The church building was opened by now Bishop Reynolds of Adelaide. The original St Michael's is now located in the grounds of St Joseph's School. [Sourced from; https://www.sevenhillrivertonmanooraparishes.org.au/st-michaels-church]. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 18/2/2024.

Note: Photograph attribution/source - https://www.tet.life/2018/04/walking-around-town-of-clare-south.html
Last Updated: Monday 19th February, 2024