Bishop Paul Bird CSsR decreed the establishment of a new parish in the diocese, Saint Paul VI Parish, Wimmera-Mallee as of July 1, 2021. Read the decree here.
The new parish covers the area of the former parishes of Hopetoun, Horsham, Nhill and Warracknabeal and will include the DOBCEL schools:
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Hopetoun
St Patrick’s Primary School, Nhill
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Warracknabeal
Ss Michael and John’s Primary School, Horsham
St Brigid’s College, Horsham
Our Lady’s Help of Christians Primary School, Murtoa
Monsignor Glynn Murphy and Fr Jim McKay have been serving in these parishes and they will continue their service in the new parish.
Contributions from parishioners assisted with the patronage of “Saint Paul VI Parish”. Interesting facts for this patronage include St Paul being the first Pope to visit Australia and it will be the only Parish in this Diocese named after St Paul.