CELEBRATING THE GOLDEN JUBILEE OF FATHER KEVIN

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Father Kevin McIntosh was ordained to the Priesthood on 23rd May 1970.
He is the eldest son of Wal and Mary McIntosh and he grew up with his brother Frank in Rene Street East Preston where they belonged to Holy Name Parish. His parents were very active parishioners.
Father Kevin began his schooling at Holy Name School in the 1950’s.
He served as an altar boy with Father Tony Cleary and Father Barry King and has fond memories of the altar boys picnics. Father Kevin Kincade was an avid bushwalker and Father Kevin recalls trips up to various parts beyond Whittlesea.
Father Rod Pitts also lived in Rene Street, six houses apart from Father Kevin. They grew up together with Father Rod taking him to school.
As a youth Father Kevin was influenced by the liturgical and ecumenical interests of Father Tony Cleary.
Following a calling Father Kevin commenced his studies for the Priesthood in 1963 at Corpus Christi College Werribee together with another school friend.
He was ordained by Archbishop Knox in 1970 in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. His friend from his childhood, Father Rod Pitts, designed his ordination vestment.
He was appointed assistant priest at Ormond, Bennettswood, Greensborough, Moreland and Scoresby.
In 1986 Father Kevin was appointed the first parish priest of St Thomas the Apostle in Greensborough North where he spent the next nineteen years.
In 2005 Father Kevin was appointed parish priest of the Sunbury parish which also takes in Bulla, Clarkefield, Diggers Rest and Wildwood.
Under his leadership there was a Review of Worship Space and a Renewal Week where the goals for the parish were set:
To be inclusive and welcoming
Involving youth
Where the aged are cared for
Good liturgy, good music, and good facilities.

Both parish churches were extensively renovated. Our Lady of Mt Carmel in 2007 and St Anne’s in 2009.
The third parish primary school, Holy Trinity, opened in 2019.
Father Kevin has met the challenges of preparing for the future in an ever growing town and parish.
Parish Neighbourhoods were set up helping parishioners feel a sense of belonging.
Father Kevin has been actively involved in the Sunbury Inter-Church Council.
As well as his parish commitments he sits on the Marriage Tribunal and is a member of Community for a Better World.
He is in regular contact with his fellow Seminarians.
As a member of the parish Historical Committee he had been a great support and part of the writing team of the parish history book “Led by The Spirit”.
His interest in history is often shared by little snippets of interest in the Bulletin.
When visiting England he visited William Wardell’s church in Chiselhurst which is very similar in design to our church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel.
Sick parishioners appreciate his visits.
Major milestones of the parish which Father Kevin has celebrated with us include:
150 years – Our Lady of Mt Carmel School in 2010
150 years since first public worship in Sunbury also in 2010
Blessing of the new Bell Tower to house the 1911 bell in 2010
Centenary of the Parish 2011
Centenary of the Presence of the Sisters of St Joseph in Sunbury in 2016
40th Anniversary of St Anne’s School in 2018.
Father Kevin is tireless in his support of matters of parish and parish education.
We were truly blessed when Father Kevin was appointed to our Sunbury Parish.

…OLMC Historical Committee

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