St Brigid's School Collie
St Brigid’s Church
13 Medic Street, Collie 6225
Phone: 9734 2183
Rev. Fr. Roberto Roman Romano ( Fr. Robert)
Vigil Mass, 6.00pm
Sunday Mass, 10.00am
Reconciliation/Confession, Saturday 5.00pm
Bible Study, Tuesdays 7.00pm, Parish Hall
Holy Hour, Fridays 3.00 – 4.00pm, Church
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Introducing our Parish Priest
To my parishioners in St Brigid’s Collie
Let me shortly introduce myself to you. I am Rev. Fr. Roberto Roman Romano who is fondly called “Fr. Robert”. I came from a family of five siblings. I am the oldest of the five. I have three brothers and only one sister. I’m an orphan from both parents who passed away in 2010 and 2015 respectively. I did my studies in the Philippines my country of birth and finished Bachelor of Art in Philosophy in 1993 and Bachelor of Arts in Theology in 2000. I was ordained a priest in the Philippines on 29th January 2000 by then Bishop of Bunbury, Most Rev. Peter Quinn. Right away, I was sent to Bunbury Cathedral as an Assistant Priest for a couple of years. After Bunbury, I went to Albany for a year also as an Assistant priest. I was the Priest in charge in Bridgetown for three years before I moved to Waroona as Parish Priest for 7 years. Following Waroona, I was parish priest at Manjimup and Pemberton parishes up until being installed at Collie.
I came late February this year to take over from Fr. Nic as Parish Priest of St. Brigid, Collie Parish. I am pretty green in the area but with full of enthusiasm that my ministry here will be fruitful despite the fact that this is a challenging time for the Church to be relevant in our modern world today. I’ve met lots of beautiful people here who are always there for people. Collie might be a small community yet people know people here. I now only hope that I will be here for the full 6-year term in this beautiful community now that I also enjoy my time in the school community.
These past few months, I have had some enjoyable moments with school kids kicking footy. I really like Australian Football League and I am a die hard fan of the West Coast Eagles football Club although basketball is my sport. For people with a Dam or two and you want to get rid some of your red fin perch, I am a die hard fisherman too, better than St. Peter. I only have half a dozen of fishing rods. I love visiting people and I am hoping I can visit more people in this parish in the future. God bless you all!!!
A Brief History
St Brigid’s parish was established in 1899.
The Catholic community is proud to have a living tradition with this rich past in the Presentation Sisters who came here in 1902 and are very much with us still. The Franciscan Friars have served the parish since 1960 and the Franciscan sisters came in 1981. We are now joined by the Good Samaritan Sisters.
- In 1899 St Brigid’s Parish was established. First Parish Priest was Fr Patrick Briody.
- April 1900: Dedication of the first church. End of 1900 small presbytery built.
- 1902: Arrivals of Presentation Sisters to open first school.
- November 1902: Father D O’Donnell appointed in charge of parish.
- August 1903: Blessing and opening of convent.
- 1913: School hall built.
- 1921: New Presbytery build.
- June 1936: New brick church blessed and dedicated.
- 1953: Extensions to convent school blessed and opened.
- 1955: Blessing and official opening of St Edmund’s Christian Brothers’ College.
- June 1960: First parish paper called the “Ave Maria” was published.
- October 1960: Parish was handed over to the Franciscan Fathers.
- August 1962: Presentation Sisters diamond jubilee.
- April 1965: St Mary’s Church, Darkan blessed and opened.
- May 1979: New convent opened.
- 1981: Arrival of FMM Sisters to the town.
- 1987: Christian Brothers leave Collie.
- July 1991: History made in Collie with the ordination to the priesthood of Brother Leo Grigg.
- July 1996: A thanksgiving Mass to honour 95 years of service by the Presentation Sisters who left the school in 1995.
- December 1996: Farewell and thanksgiving Eucharist for FMM Sisters who left WA.
- July 1997: Blessing dedication of stained glass windows by Bishop Peter Quinn.
The Catholic community is proud to have a living tradition with this rich past in the Presentation Sisters who came here in 1902 and are very much with us still.