Hawthorn Catholic Parish Priests

Parish Priest:

Fr Des Dwyer SJ 

Assisting Priests:
Fr Peter L’Estrange SJ

Fr Paul Horan SJ

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Fr Des Dwyer SJ

Fr Des Dwyer SJ

Des Dwyer is Parish Priest at Immaculate Conception Hawthorn. Born in Warrnambool he was educated at Xavier College. After leaving school he joined the Jesuits and was ordained in 1974. He did post graduate studies in Spirituality at St Louis University USA, and returned to Sydney to teach in Jesuit Schools for the next 5 years.

He was appointed Novice Master in 1983 and in 1990 went to North Sydney to work with the Business Community. He is a Professional Associate of the St James Ethics Centre, and has worked with both the Public and Private sectors on ethical issues in business and the Professions. In 2004 he moved to Hawthorn and Provincial Delegate for Formation and Province Treasurer.

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