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

11-8-19 – Marriage Encounter, Alpha and Multicultural Mass

What an amazing weekend I spent presenting at my first Marriage Encounter (ME) Weekend!! I remembered doing my original weekend as a seminarian in 2013. I’ve always had a sense that I’d be involved in this important movement. Some of you might be wondering why a priest needs to be present on a weekend for married couples. Well you’d be surprised at some of the similarities between the vocations of Marriage and Holy Orders. Of course marriage is the love of God being manifested between a man and a woman committed to each other. The ministers of Holy Matrimony are the spouses, which is unique to marriage only. In every other Sacrament it’s either a priest or a Bishop that is the ordinary minister. For a priest, my spouse is you the people of God. So we are both called to love and serve each other. If Marriage is such a commonly experienced sacrament why doesn’t the Church provide more support before and during the lifetime of marriages? That’s why I think movements like ME and Smart Loving needed to be promoted in couples who are engaged. I’m sure too there are plenty of couples who’ve never had the opportunity to further enrich their relationships. It makes sense to provide on-going support as every relationship changes. It’s common that every relationship experiences initially a romantic stage where both spouses are euphoric and can see no fault in the other. The attention is focused on each other. Naturally the joy slowly disappears when children come along and the attention once experienced towards each other is channeled towards the needs of children. During this stage we need tools to be intentional about appreciating our spouse, especially how they feel. I won’t spoil, what happens on a Weekend. This can be a gift that you give each other. Here’s a date claimer for 2020, May 29- 31, 2020 is the next ME Weekend. Save the date and elevate your marriage to a place that it deserves. I can’t recommend any more highly its significance for both Marriage and as well as my priesthood. Seeing strong, intimate and communicative relationships not only inspires other couples but it encourages me to be vulnerable with you, the people I serve and minister too. This weekend we’re starting to plug Alpha for the 22 nd August. If you’ve always wanted more from your relationship and faith in God, you’ll be amazed at the journey Alpha can take you. Don’t forget the Multicultural Day Mass is scheduled for the 10am, Mass 22 nd , September followed by a cultural feast and celebrations afterwards. Remember the 10am Mass is the only Mass that weekend. Blessings Fr Nev

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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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