Dempsey Medal Recipients 2019

The Parish congratulates Mrs Mimma Savignano & Mrs Lee Kendrick who were each awarded a Dempsey Medal on 29th July, 2019 at St Mary's Cathedral. Mimma and Lee epitomise the selfless volunteer spirit that has been the hallmark of generations of Arncliffe and Rockdale parishioners.

The medal is awarded for outstanding service or witness to the parish, diocese or community and is primarily intended to recognise people who have made an outstanding contribution to their local parish.

Mrs Mimma Savignano

Mimma has been an Arncliffe Church Warden for many years. She has opened and closed the Arncliffe Church for Masses, weddings, funerals, baptisms and other special celebrations on countless occasions, over many years. This has been of immeasurable benefit to the running of the Parish.

Mimma is a stalwart of the Parish Counters, attending every four weeks for this important job. In addition, Mimma takes weekday communion services when there is no Mass and regularly takes communion to local nursing homes.

Mrs Lee Kendrick

Lee has co-ordinated the Parish-based Sacramental Programmes for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation, introduced in 2004. In 2017 Lee undertook the challenging task of being Catechist Co-ordinator for our Parish churches and five government schools.


Lee has been central to catechism ministry in government schools and the Legion of Mary. For her Catechist work over 20 years Lee received a Papal Blessing at the Catechist Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on 24th September, 2017.

20 Years of Scripture Teaching

Congratulations to Lee Kendrick who was presented with a Papal Blessing for her 20 years of Scripture Teaching at the Annual Catechist Mass at St Mary's Cathedral on 24th September, 2017. Lee coordinates the Catechists in our twinned-Parishes who regularly provide Scripture Teaching in the local public schools. She also volunteers to coordinate the Sacramental Programme for the children in the Rockdale area.

2017 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

The Parish's history, The Rock of St George: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the first St Joseph's Church-Schoolwas awarded the 2017 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize for the best piece of original research in the Bayside Council. At the ceremony held on Saturday, 7th October, 2017 at the Rockdale Library, the parish's historian, Dr Damian Gleeson was recognised for his comprehensive research of the Rockdale Catholic community from its inception in 1855 to the present day.

The book, commissioned by Fr Brendan Quirk, details the individuals, families, religious sisters and clergy of Rockdale from the late 19th century to the present day. It places Rockdale's developments in the context of the Catholic Church's growth across Southern Sydney.

The Dempsey Medal

THE DEMPSEY MEDAL is awarded annually by the Archbishop of Sydney to members of the Catholic clergy and laity. The Medal is awarded for outstanding service or witness to the parish, diocese or community. It is primarily intended to recognise those people who have made an outstanding contribution in the context of their local parish.

The Parish congratulates Mr Bernard Pasfield who was one of the Inaugural Recipients of The Dempsey Medal on 14th July, 2017 at St Mary's Cathedral

The Archbishop's Award for Student Excellence

Congratulations to our two young parishioners, Nova Gomes of Bethany College, and Rianon Dal Bianco of Marist College Kogarah, who were among the 2017 Recipients of the Archbishop of Sydney's Award for Student Excellence.

The Award highlights the positive impact and contribution young Catholic students make to their schools, parishes and the broader community.