Paulists in Australia - our story so far
The Missionary Society of St Paul
Significant Dates in our History

30 June, 1910
Joseph DePiro accepts the first two members for his new Missionary Society.

14 November, 1921
The local bishop officially approves the establishment of the Society.

18 March, 1924
The first rules of the Society are approved by Church authorities.

21 June, 1927
Br Joseph Caruana is the first Paulist to be sent to the missions. He was sent to Ethiopia (then known as Abyssinia), where he remained until his death in 1975, at the age of 83.

17 September, 1933
Mgr Joseph DePiro dies at the age of 55, leaving the Society in its infancy and struggling to survive.

14 April, 1948
Fr Michael Callus becomes the first Paulist priest to be appointed as Superior General of the Society.

2 August, 1948
Fr Augustine Grech is the first Paulist member to arrive in Australia.

January, 1959
The Society opens its first house in Ontario, Canada.

May, 1968
The first group of Paulist Missionaries arrives in Peru.

December, 1972
The MSSP goes to Michigan, USA.

19 January, 1973
The Missionary Society of St Paul becomes officially recognised by the Vatican as a Religious Order of Pontifical Status, under the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

January, 1981
The Paulist Missionaries open a new mission in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

January, 1997
The MSSP starts discussions with the Church authorities in the Philippines to open a new mission there.

March, 1997
The Missionary Society of Saint Paul purchases a house in Rome, Italy. These premises will house the Central Administration of the Paulist Society.

8 May, 1998
The new Generalate for the MSSP is officially opened in Rome.

11 January, 1999
Fr Lonnie Borg arrives in the Philippines, to be the first Paulist Missionary in this new mission.

15 February, 1999
The MSSP returns to Canada! Frs Dominic Cachia (from Australia) and Mark Demanuele (from Malta) are the first Paulist Missionaries to minister at St Paul the Apostle Parish, Toronto.

July, 2000
The MSSP holds its first General Chapter outside Malta, namely at St Paul's Missionary College, Australia.

25 January, 2003
The diocesan process of the cause for the beatification of Joseph De Piro comes to an end. All material is now passed on to the Sacred Congregation of Saints in Rome.

28 April, 2009
St Paul's House of Formation, the MSSP's International Formation House, is blessed and officially opened by the Superior General Fr Bernard Mangion, in Manila, the Philippines..
Paulist Houses in Australia

Provincial House,
477 Royal Parade,
Parkville, VIC 3052

St Paulís Missionary College,
Nortonís Lane,
Wantirna South, VIC 3152

St Bernadetteís Parish,
59B Westmoreland Road,
North Sunshine, VIC 3020

St James the Apostle Parish,
330, Derrimut Rd,
Hoppers Crossing North, VIC 3029

De Piro House,
19 Stanley Street,
East Sydney, NSW 2010

Maltese Chaplaincy,
175 Walters Road,
Blacktown, NSW 2148

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