St Dominic's Camberwell East Parish
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St Dominic's Parish
816 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, Vic 3124
Fr Peter Toan Nguyen OP
(03) 9912 6870
Mon - Thurs: 9am - 12 noon & 1pm - 4pm; Fri 9am - 1pm


St Dominic's, East Camberwell

In 1998, we celebrated the centenary of the arrival of the Dominican Fathers in Australia, and in 1999 the 75th anniversary of the foundation of our parish.

In 1924, the Dominican Fathers took possession of Sir John Higgins' residence (now the front section of the Priory) and the first Parish Mass was celebrated in the front parlour on March 16th that year. Twenty nine people were present.

Also in 1924, Archbishop Mannix laid and blessed the foundation for a new timber church/school, returning shortly afterwards to open the building. For many years now this building has served as the Parish Centre, and it is fondly remembered as our first Parish Church. 

St. Dominic's Parish School, which had opened in 1925, was taken over by the Dominican Sisters towards the end of 1926. So virtually from the very beginning, the Dominican Fathers and Sisters have together served in this parish.

The early parishioners worked enthusiastically to build a new church to cater adequately for their growing parish. In 1936, the first sod was turned for the church which we know today, and it was officially blessed and opened on March 14th, 1937.

In 1958, the final extensions to the church, including the addition of a belltower, were concluded.

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