Croatian Catholic Centre Springvale – History

Croatian Croatian Catholic Centre was established in three stages with the efforts of the Croatian Catholic community who raised funds to purchase land on Springvale road, Braeside and volunteered their time during the three building stages.  The land was purchased in 1977.  Hrvatski Katolički Centar je sagrađen u tri faze s naporom Hrvatske zajednice koji su darovali novac da se kupi zemlja na Springvale road, Braeside, i darovalli su svoje vrjeme kroz sve tri faze dok se gradio centar.

First Building Stage / Prva faza gradnje:  Building of the large hall commenced in 1978 under the supervision of Father Marko Perkovic and it was opened and blessed on 15th November 1980 by the Archbishop of Zagreb, Dr. Franjo Kuharić.  Gradnja velike dvorane je počela 1978. pod vodstvom Vlč. Marka Perkovic.  Dvoranu je otvorio i blagoslovio Nadbiskup Zagrebački Dr. Franjo Kuharić, 15. Studenog 1980.

Second Building Stage / Druga faza gradnjeThe building of the Holy Spirit Croatian Catholic Church was supervised by Father Anton Vujičić and it was opened and blessed on 5th November 1983 by the Bishop of Đakovo Čiril Kos.  Gradnja Hrvatske Katoličke Crkve Duha Svetoga je vodio Vlč. Anton Vujičić, Crkvu je otvorio i blagoslovio Biskup Đakovački Čiril Kos, 6. Studenog 1983. 

Third Building Stage / Treča faza gradnjeThe Croatian Ethnic School ‘Bartol Kasis’ and the small hall was built under the supervision of Father Mate Križanac and Domina Vladić.   The foundation of the school was blessed on 24th April 1988 by Archbishop of Melbourne, Francis Little.  The school was opened by a Croatian lawyer Vladimir Šeks and it was blessed on the 27th August 1989 by the Auxilliary Bishop of Mentone, who is now Cardinal George Pell.  Gradnja Hrvatske Etničke Škole ‘Bartol Kasić’ i male dvorane je vodio Vlč. Mato Križanac i Domin Vladić.  Temelj škole i male dvorane je blagoslovio Nadbiskup Melbourna Francis Little 24, Travnja 1988.  Škola je otvorio Hrvatski odvjetnik Vladimir Šeks i blagoslovio ju je pomočni Biskup Mentona, a sada današnji Kardinal George Pell, 27. Kolovoza 1989.