OUR PARISH

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.

Parish Pastoral Council

President – FR. GRANT EMMANUEL
Chairperson– CRAIG GOVENDER
Deputy Chairperson– CARMEL MICHAEL

Members:
CANDICE ZULU
ROBYN RAYSON
JUDE RADMILLO
ALECIA HITLER
RACHEL PILLAY

Finance Committee

Chairperson – PATRICK LECLEZIO
Deputy Chairperson: ROBYN SCHROEDER

Members:
FR. GRANT EMMANUEL
MARISA-ANNE CHARLES
GERRARD GAILLARD
ANNE TAYLOR
CRAIG PILLAY

Parish Staff

Secretary                   Craig Pillay

Communications     Rose Morrow

Finance Administrator   Anne Taylor

Pastoral Assistant      Marisa-Anne Charles

 

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