About us

Our Mission & Vision

To be an inviting, Spirit-filled community of MISSIONARY DISCIPLES as the service of all our sisters and brothers.

Our Parish is a place where MISSIONARY DISCIPLES are equipped to grow and build the Kingdom of God. To strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ, we Break Bread and listen to the Scriptures; attend Bible Study, Alpha and Open Forum sessions together. We invite the stranger in, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, visit the sick and journey with the broken-hearted. We nurture our community by connecting with our brothers and sisters in Vine Groups and at social events.

OUR CHURCH HISTORY

The parish began in 1852 by Father Sabon, the first parish priest of Durban. He built the first Catholic church placed under the protection of St.Joseph on the corner Grey street. As the years went by the town’s population increased and he began to make plans for a bigger church and it was not until 1881 that work could be started. It was situated on the thoroughfare of West Street, and the tower could be seen from all parts of the town.

Father Sabon, worn out by hard work, died in 1883. In November 1902 arrangements were made for the removal of the entire building, which has to be rebuilt in Stamford Hill Road, Greyville in 1903 was out of the “country”. The foundation of this St. Joseph’s parish was laid on New Year’s Day 1903, and on the 12th of June 1904, St. Joseph’s was opened for Divine Worship.

As the years passed, Greyville became industrialised and residents moved away. New major road developments were taking place in Durban and a new site for St. Joseph’s was required. It was then the site on Florida Road was purchased and in 1975, the parish moved to the new St. Joseph’s in Morningside. On the 26th of January 1976, the present St. Joseph’s was officially blessed by Archbishop Denis Hurley, OMI. The present church was consecrated by Archbishop (now Cardinal Napier, OFM) on the 3rd of October 1993.

OUR PARISH PRIEST

 

Currently our Parish Priest is Rev.Fr. Brett Williams. He was born on the 24th December in Pietermaritzburg and raised in Hillcrest. Attended the University of Natal and obtained a BSc. And MSc. In Animal Science, he then lectured and became Head of the Department of Agriculture at Mangosuthu Technikon.

He entered the seminary in 1999 and was ordained Deacon in 16 June 2005 and priest on the 16th of December 2005. Later, he was appointed to Hammersdale as Assistant Priest and in Elandskop as Acting Parish Priest in 2006. He was the Ecclesiastical Assistant to the Apostolic Nuncio in Pretoria from the year 2009 to 2012.

Fr. Brett was previously the parish priest in Redhill (2012). From the year 2015, he has been Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Morningside, Durban. He is also the Chancellor of the Archdiocese from 2014.

OUR ASSISTANT PARISH PRIEST

Father Mtshengiseni Dlamini was born on 23 December 1982 in Estcourt, Kwa Zulu Natal, where he attended school, matriculating from Bhungani High School.  He went on to St Joseph’s Theological Institute and then to St John Vianney Seminary where he obtained a Batchelor’s Degree in Theology and Philosophy. He was ordained on 3 March 2019 and appointed Assistant Parish Priest to our Community on 1st June 2019.   

Father Mtshe, as many folk refer to him, has settled well into our Parish Family!  One has the sense he has been here for twenty years!  He has a delightful sense of humour, engages well with the community and appears at ease and comfortable during Liturgical celebrations.

We are delighted to have him with us and pray his ministry here will be long, Spirit driven and fruitful.

Father Mtshegiseni

Parish Pastoral Council

President – REV. FR.BRETT WILLIAMS
Chairman– TERESA DE QUINTAL
Vice-Chairman– BRENDAN ALLEY
Secretary – SARAH AHMED

Members:
ALECIA HITLER
CRAIG GOVENDER
PAULA PATHER
LELETHU THOBELA
LIZETTE MARTINS
TYRON CHETTY
TYRONE RENNIE
SARAH AHMED

Finance Committee

Chairman – PATRICK LECLEZIO
Vice: ROBYN SCHROEDER

 

Members:
REV. FR.BRETT WILLIAMS
MARISA-ANNE CHARLES
GERRARD GAILLARD
LIZETTE MARTINS
CRAIG PILLAY

Parish Staff

Parish Administrator      Craig Pillay

Volunteer Secretarial     Rose Morrow

Contracted                        Lizette Martins (Finance)

In Training                        Manthuseng Mgijima

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