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.

Parish Groups

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.



  • Weddings, Funerals and other Sacraments (Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation) are held at Immaculate Conception Church.


Our History

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Hawthorn
St. Joseph's Catholic Church Hawthorn
Mass at Immaculate Conception church Hawthorn
Stained glass windows at ICC