In 1950 Burwood and Bennettswood territory were part of Box Hill. In 1951, this territory was separated from Box Hill, and made the parish of St Benedict’s Burwood, with Fr Bernie Dillon as its first parish priest.
By 1957 Fr Dillon was convinced of the necessity of a Church School at Bennettswood. By the end of 1958 this was commenced and promised for the opening of the school year. The first school day commenced on Monday 6 July 1959.
During 1960 the question had arisen of a presbytery for St Scholastica’s and towards the end of that year a home was inspected by Fr Dillon and purchased for St Scholastica’s Presbytery. St Scholastica’s Parish was founded in 1962, separated from St Benedict’s with Father George Maltby as its first parish priest.
The parish has grown substantially over the years into a vibrant, dynamic and multicultural community. We are not just a diverse and welcoming community but one that truly celebrates the mysteries of Christian faith and lives out the gospel of Jesus Christ.