About Our Parish
Welcome to Hawthorn Catholic Parish
Hawthorn Catholic Parish, under the care of the Jesuits, is a vibrant, welcoming and faith-filled presence in Hawthorn with a history dating back to the 1860’s. Our two churches are Immaculate Conception (ICC) on Burwood Road and St. Joseph’s on Denham St, where we warmly welcome existing parishioners, new parishioners and visitors.
The Parish Vision is to strive to be a Christian community focused on Jesus, helping all celebrate God’s presence and expressing our faith through outreach, service and justice.
Our Parish Priest Fr Des Dwyer SJ is assisted by Fr Peter L’Estrange SJ and Fr Paul Horan SJ. Our administrative and outreach staff operate from the parish office (Liz Frazer – parish business manager, Bernadette Kirwan – parish secretary and sacramental coordinator, Monica Anastasopoulos – parish pastoral worker/care of the Elderly/Manresa care). See Contact Us.
We have a number of community focused groups operating in the parish, in addition to a thriving liturgical life, and we always highly value participation by our parishioners.
Young people are involved in the parish in many ways – see Youth.
Explore our history via the online exhibition "Our Parish 1869 to 2019"