An OMI Garden

stanthonyBishop Orsmond wrote: “The Diocese of Johannesburg owes so much to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate who planted the Faith in this part of the world. One of the gardens so planted is St. Anthony’s parish, Coronationville”
In the early days a priest would come from the then Pro Cathedral in Kerk Streeet or from one of the other more affluent areas and celebrate mass in one of the homes in the area.
The church was established in 1941. The name St. Anthony was suggested by the Bishop as it would be the first St. Anthony church in the diocese.

Priests of the Parish




1940 - 1945

Rev. Fr Abramo OMI

First parish priest, from Italy

1946 - 1955

Rev. Fr. Docherty


1953 -

Rev Fr Pat McCullagh

Established the Riverlea and Noordgesig parishes

1955 - 1963

Rev. Fr Armour OMI


1963 - 1967

Rev. Fr P McCluskey OMI


1967 - 1970

Rev. Fr K Bugler


1970 - 1977

Rev Fr.  Jim Hyland OMI


1977 - 1985

Rev. Fr. Jan Molenaar OMI

Never a man to stand on ceremony but rather to get the job done.

1985 -

Fr. Terry Barnard OMI


Highlights and “firsts”

1960 – start of the Sacred Heart Society

1961 – two Bene Merenti awards are made to Charles Carls and David Harris.

1976 – first inmates takes up residence in 1976 at Frederic Place

19 June 1980 - St. Anthony’s moves to its new Church in Riversdale Street

Two ordinations have taken place in St. Anthony’s!

December 1953 – Frank Bindeman

December 1978 – Vincent Dippenaar

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