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Father Paul Fyfe will finish up as a Parish Priest at Sevenhill after Easter next year, brining his seven year stay to an end.
Father Paul Fyfe will finish up as a Parish Priest at Sevenhill after Easter next year, brining his seven year stay to an end.

Father Paul Fyfe is set to bid farewell to the Clare Valley after seven years with the Sevenhill Parish.

Originally from Adelaide, Father Paul arrived in the Valley in 2012 and took over the historic Parish at Sevenhill, as well as Riverton and Manoora.

But after close to a decade, Fr Paul will make the journey east to take up a role with the Catholic Parish of St Canice in Elizabeth Bay in Sydney.

Heading the other way will be a familiar face in Fr Chris Jenkins who previously spent time at Sevenhill as a Parish Priest up until the end of 2009. 

Though he has a few months left before his time at the historic Parish comes to an end, Fr Paul said it was bittersweet.

“It is very sad because I have people that I get on with very well here and good support,” he said.

“It is terrific being out in the country but we engage in a lot of ways with a lot of different things here so it is a quite a powerful place to be.

“People certainly experience it as a place to come that is powerful for them so it is a good place to live.”

There have been many highlights for Fr Paul during his stint in Sevenhill where he was a co-author a book titled Vine and The Branches which details the history and legacy of the Jesuits in the settlement, including the creation of Sevenhill Cellars which coincided with an important anniversary.

“One of the things that stands out from my time here is that we celebrated 150 years of the opening of part of this church at the end of 2016,” Fr Paul said.

“The original opening of this place was such a spectacular event if you go back into the newspaper stories of it. We did not achieve anything like the original but we did mimic some of the elements of it.

“This church is an extraordinary soundscape, one of the best in South Australia I think, so we had a harpist, a singer and a friend of mine is a very good composer who composed for it so we had that.

“There are probably individual events that stand out as highlights far more but that took quite a number of people and a lot of work and it was a good celebration.”

Fr Paul said he enjoyed getting to know the members of both Parishes and was grateful for always being made to feel welcome.