When Greater Springfield was first established as part of the City of Ipswich it was initially within the Goodna Parish, St Francis Xavier. The Augustinians, who had a house in Lacey Street, ministered to the Goodna Parish, including Springfield, until they left in 2000, at which time Fr Roger Burns became the Parish Priest and took over the pastoral care of the area. In 2003, a small wooden chapel was obtained from Laravale, Beaudesert, and transported to the grounds of St Augustine’s College in Augustine Heights. It was named St Monica’s Chapel and Mass was held there every Sunday.
As the population increased and the congregation grew, it became apparent that more was needed to accommodate the pastoral care of the people in the area, and in 2010 it was decided to establish a new Parish in Greater Springfield.
Towards the end of 2010 Fr Mauro Conte was appointed to the position of Parish Priest, and he celebrated his first Mass in the area at Christmas Vigil night 2010. Following that Mass, regular services were commenced in the Augustine Centre.
The Parish was known at first as the Catholic Parish of Greater Springfield and on 19th June 2011, at Robelle Domain Parkland,
Archbishop John Bathersby officially promulgated the creation of the new Parish “Our Lady of the Southern Cross”, in the presence of over 500 parishioners and special guests.
The congregation continued to increase with regular weekend services in the Augustine Centre and daily Masses in St Monica’s Chapel. In 2016, we started the building of our new Church in Springfield Lakes.
On 1st September 2017 we officially opened and consecrated the new church with a Mass officiated by Archbishop Mark Coleridge in the presence of other priests, special guests, friends and parishioners.
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