Goulburn and district has lost the battle to keep 14 Stations of the Cross in the City, following an announcement they will be transported to South Australia in the coming weeks.
The Save Our Stations Group have been informed that the stations will be removed from a local yard in the week following the long weekend in June.
The group formed in a bid to keep the statues here, following a discovery that the stations had been located in the Goulburn yard since their removal from St Michael’s Novitiate more than 12 months ago.
Passionist Provincial Office in Sydney spokesperson Brother Gary Clarke thanked the group for their submission and the efforts of individuals within the Goulburn community who had taken issue with the stations removal from Goulburn to Adelaide.
“The submission has been considered by the Provincial Head of the Passionists however they remain committed to the removal of the stations to Adelaide,” Brother Clarke said.
“The arguments were firm and well presented but the planning for removal was in an advanced stage and would go ahead,” Brother Clarke said.
Save Our Stations Group member Bob Stephens said that while a number of people would be disappointed with the outcome it was not as if the stations would gather dust and be lost to the broader Catholic community.
On behalf of those who voiced their concern, Mr Stephens thanked them for their efforts.
“I understand that the Provincial of the Passionists Order is writing to our Parish Priests and the Archbishop to formally advise of the decision,” Mr Stephens said.
It is understood that eight of the 14 statues were dedicated by Goulburn and district families, who paid between 1200 and 1400 pounds for the dedications in the early 1950s.
The statues were handcrafted in Italy and brought to Goulburn, to Mary’s Mount Monastery and later the novitiate. A Passionist priest and brother will travel with the statues from Goulburn to Adelaide.