He spent his childhood and adolescence in Traunstein, a small village near the Austrian border, thirty kilometres from Salzburg. In this environment, which he himself has defined as "Mozartian", he received his Christian, cultural and human formation.
His youthful years were not easy. His faith and the education received at home prepared him for the harsh experience of those years during which the Nazi regime pursued a hostile attitude towards the Catholic Church. The young Joseph saw how some Nazis beat the Parish Priest before the celebration of Mass.
It was precisely during that complex situation that he discovered the beauty and truth of faith in Christ; fundamental for this was his family’s attitude, who always gave a clear witness of goodness and hope, rooted in a convinced attachment to the Church.
Life Ascending Australia
is a world-wide movement for Seniors which will enrich you spiritually and bring new friendships. Visit or contact Ray Byers 9570 3507 for details of our group at St Joseph’s Oatley
"The History of St Joseph’s Parish Oatley"
written by Norm Windred is available for purchase from the Presbytery at a cost of $20. Please visit the office on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between 9am and 3pm if you would like to buy a copy. The book covers the work done by our priests and laity from the past until now.
St Vincent de Paul Society
Be part of the St Vincent de Paul Society's Good Works. Is there a desire in you to do something more? Would you like to reach out to those in need? Our local St Vincent de Paul Society conference is seeking new members to join them in their work of serving the disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community. Men and women of all ages are welcome to join us. For further information contact: Sue Vit on 0407 291 722.