"From the sunrise to the sunset and unto the sun's returning,
be it over drought-brown places or green uplands frost - imperilled,
As a ruby on the bosom is the lamp for ever burning
In a chain of Little Churches on the skyline of the world"
From Little Churches by John O'Brien, "Around the Boree Log"
The Parish of St. John's Mitcham forms part of the chain of "little churches" to which the great Irish / Australian poet John O'Brien refers.
One of 42 Parishes established by Archbishop Mannix during the fifties, St. John's has grown in its fifty years to be one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese. Due to the drive and enthusiasm of past clergy and parishioners, a vibrant and palpable spirit abides and abounds within the parish community today.
(extract from Foreword of "Our Parish Our Story - Joan Adamson, Nance Cotter)
The people of Mitcham had been part of the Ringwood parish since it was created in 1920. Due to enormous population and building growth after the war years, the creation of a separate parish of Mitcham was complete in February 1952. The last Mitcham baptism at Ringwood was on the 23rd of March, 1952 and the last Mitcham wedding celebrated there was in early 1951.
Priests of our Parish
1952 - 1986 Fr Gerard Coghlan
1968 - 1969 Fr Douglas Lyon
1969 - 1985 Fr William Durkin
1985 - 2001 Fr Kevin Dillion
2001 - January 2017 Fr Mark Reynolds
2017 - present Fr Dispin John
We come before you Lord as the Parish Family of St John the Evangelist.
Thank you for calling us to this community.
Through your Holy Spirit lead us as we turn to You for guidance, courage and faith.
Keep us faithful to all that is true and help us to willingly follow You,
so that we may become a more loving, forgiving and affirming community.
Continue to nourish and inspire us by Your love
so that we may bring peace, hope and justice to our families and to our world.
Together may we journey with You and with one another.