When the new development of Springfield was first established, it was initially within the boundaries of St Francis Xavier Parish in Goodna. The Augustinians Fathers, who had a house in Lacey Street, ministered to the Parish, until they left in 2000. Fr Roger Burns then became the Parish Priest and took over the pastoral care of the area. In 2003, a small wooden chapel was obtained from Laravale, Beaudesert. It was relocated by the then principal of St Augustine’s College, Leon Capra, to the school grounds 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 pastoral care was needed to accommodate the needs of the people in the area. As a result in 2010, it was decided to establish a new Parish in Greater Springfield and Fr Mauro Conte was appointed to the position of Parish Priest. He celebrated his first Mass at Christmas Vigil night. In January 2011, regular Masses started to be initially celebrated at St Monica’s Chapel. Only after a few weeks the congregation grew and a bigger space was needed. Regular services were then held in the Augustine Centre at St Augustine’s College.
The Parish was known at first as the Catholic Parish of Greater Springfield. In the presence of over 500 parishioners and special guests, on June 19th 2011, at Robelle Domain Parkland, Archbishop John Bathersby officially promulgated the creation of the new Parish to be known as “Our Lady of the Southern Cross”.
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.