Our Mission, Vision & History
Our Lady of the Rosary Kellyville is a welcoming Franciscan Parish enriched by diversity. We commit ourselves to celebrate the presence of Jesus in our midst and to nurture a vibrant community through worship, education and service.
In seeking to achieve our Vision, Our Lady of the Rosary Kellyville endeavours to be:
A community of hospitality
A community of faith and prayer
A community characterised by compassion and forgiveness
A community of disciples
Before Kellyville became a parish it formed part of the parish of St Michael’s Baulkham Hills.
In the early 1950s, the then Parish Priest, Rev JJ Deely, saw a need for a church in this area and purchased the land on Windsor Road. The church was blessed and opened on 10 March 1957 by Cardinal Gilroy. Prior to this, Mass was celebrated in the Memorial Hall and Housie nights were held to raise money for the building of the church.
The Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Conventual Franciscans) moved to Kellyville in 1968 and purchased a house and land on Windsor Road in order to establish itself within the Archdiocese of Sydney as it was then.
They were given care of Our Lady of the Rosary Kellyville, when it was declared a parish on 8 March 1970 with Rev Leonard Testa as the first Parish Priest. The parish bulletin that day read:
"Today is the Foundation Day of the parish of Kellyville. It is the beginning of the new era in the spiritual life of the Catholics of this area, bringing with it special privileges and duties for all parishioners. With God's blessing and the wholehearted support and co-operation of everyone, we can become a strong active parish.”
The church was moved from Windsor Road to Diana Avenue in 1976 under the direction of the then Parish Priest, Rev Maximilian Balabanski. In 1983, the new church was opened and consecrated by Cardinal Freeman. In 1995, the parish celebrated its 25th anniversary.
With the expansion of the parish, there are now two primary schools, Our Lady of the Rosary Kellyville and St Angela's Castle Hill.
2008 marked the 25th Anniversary of the church's consecration and the division of the new Rouse Hill Parish.
PARISH PRIESTS & Administrators
Rev Leonard Testa 1970-1973
Rev Victor Bonello 1974-1975
Rev Maximilian Balabanski 1975-1977
Rev Marius Galea 1977-1989
Rev John Magri 1989-1990
Rev Anthony Fox 1990-1995
Rev Christopher Shorrock OFM Conv 1995-1998
Rev Vincent Van Long OFM Conv 1998-2002
Rev Emmanuel Gatt OFM Conv 2002-2009
Rev Fr Joseph Ngoc Son Nguyen OFM Conv 2009-2014
Rev Fr Robert Melnick OFM Conv. (Administrator Jan to May 2015)
Rev Fr Alejandro Lopez OFM Conv. 2015 - present