Holy Family Indooroopilly

History of the Church

(Established 1926)

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Holy Family Church is a Catholic Church under the direction of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. It is located at 37 Ward Street, in the Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly, approximately six kilometres from CBD of Brisbane.

This striking church is one of Australia’s finest examples of Modernist architecture. The Church of the Holy Family was built between 1961 and 1963, and was designed by Brisbane architectural firm, Douglas and Barnes. From architectural and engineering perspectives, the design of this Catholic church was extremely progressive for the time. A new method of concrete construction was adopted to form the pleated concrete structure.

hfindro960 - 9This was outlined in the Catholic Leader at the time: “The main structure, ‘growing’ out of the sloping site and towering over the surrounding area, is cast ‘in situ’… The method of construction was most unusual. The foundations, ground floor and main floor were poured in the normal manner. However, the upper portion of the building was constructed from end to end by means of a mobile steel framed collapsible Jumbo. Instead of the building growing upwards, it grew longitudinally” (The Catholic Leader, November 1963). The Catholic Church commissioned several important Queensland artists to create pieces for the new building. Internationally recognised artist Ray Crooke, was commissioned to paint the ‘Stations of the Cross’ on the internal walls. Crooke has won many prestigious awards, including the Archibald Prize in 1969. He was awarded an Order of Australia for services to the visual arts in 1993 and an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University in 1996.

The two sculptures on the church’s exterior, ‘Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple’ and ‘The Holy Family’ were created by Brisbane artist, Edwin A Guth. The baptistery, situated beside the church entrance and connected by the covered walkway, was designed as a precast concrete octagonal structure, with a high concrete spire. The coloured glass on the walls resembles the leadlight windows in more traditional churches. These mosaic windows represent the Seven Sacraments and were designed by local artist, Andrew Sibley.

The Church of the Holy Family was the last major building project for Catholic Archbishop James Duhig, under whose leadership many of Brisbane’s most outstanding Catholic buildings had been built.




1 Erin Ahearn, Diamond Jubilee: Holy Family Parish, Indooroopilly, 1926-1986 ([Indooroopilly: The Parish], 1986).

2 Plaque at Holy Family Church cited by G. Cox, 2009.

3 Date supplied to G. Cox by Kevin Whitehouse, c.1973.

4 Personal communication to G. Cox from Mr J.H. Whitehouse, June 1974.

5 Specification noted by G. Cox, 1973; additional details supplied by Dr Wesley Jordan, 2003.



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From Father Nev

18-3-18 – A United Kingdom

This week I’ll be attending the Clergy Convocation. I’m speculating this year that after the heaviness of the Royal Commission we’ll be looking at ways we can avoid a similar situation through better accountability practices. Other conversations will probably include Proclaim 2018 here in Brisbane and also the latest updates around the Plenary Council in 2020.
This week I was watching a movie called A United Kingdom. The story centres around the incredible love between a white English woman Ruth and a black Botswanan man (Seretse Khama) studying in London. Seretse just happens to be the king incumbent to Bechuanaland. It’s a powerful story of their love to fight against the geo-politics in Africa and England in the mid-20th century. Ruth struggles with the cultural shock of becoming a white Queen to an African tribe. She must fight against the prejudice of the being white and being judged as a colonialist. There is also the poison of apartheid emerging in South Africa sweeping across neighbouring countries. Seretse becomes physically separated from his wife and must trust others in order to protect his wife and the future of his country. He must be clever in dealing with the British government’s unjust agenda. He is also faced with confronting his uncle to find a peaceful solution to be endorsed as the rightful heir to lead their nation. I found this story equally confronting and inspiring. I was challenged by the complex situations they were part of but lifted up by their powerful resolve to persevere and act with conviction rather than shrink in fear. Ruth is eventually accepted by the Botswanan people and she learns how to fight for her husband. Seretse learns to lead and serve his people from abroad in a position of humility. Eventually their love brings them back together, ushering in a new and radical direction for Botswana.
This film makes me think about the covenantal love between God and Israel referred to in Jeremiah. It demonstrates that whether we’re married, single, a priest or a religious, when we follow God we become a team that is unstoppable. Deep within Ruth and Seretse, Go d had written on their hearts what they would show the world. I was speaking to a lovely couple and I reminded them that they minister the sacrament of love to each other each day and maybe just as importantly they show everyone the stability and dynamism of marriage. As Christ learnt to obey his Father so too may we develop the grace to surrender more and more to his sovereign rule. Help us Lord to die to our past, our weakness and our self and rise to live for you.
Blessings Fr Nev





“Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”.

This is a remarkable opportunity for the voices of young people to be heard by the Church. To read the media press release on the survey, head to https://www.catholic.org.au/youthsurvey.  The survey will remain open until 11:59pm on Sunday 2 July. For link to the survey, Click Here

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Brisbane Archdiocese Video Series – The Mass



2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Many historians consider the Reformation one of those epoch changing events in the history of the Western world. But what does it mean for people in Australia 500 years later? Was the Reformation just a series of pointless disputes which have little relevance to the church today? Or is the church today the living legacy of the Reformation, and if so, what does this mean for us? Join us as we ask these questions together.

Dr. Chris Hanlon — The Reformation a Catholic perspective, 8 August 7:30pm Holy Family Catholic Church, Indooroopilly

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