Catholic Hour pioneer honoured in Kapunda

Retired Catholic media personality Fr John Swann, who was born in Kapunda near the Barossa Valley, was feted on the weekend by his home town after receiving a papal honour for his work in promoting marriage education and the importance of the family.

Barossa and Light Herald reports that large crowd gathered at Kapunda's St Rose's Church to acknowledge one of their former parishioners Fr Swann who has been elevated to the position of Monsignor in the Church.

Archbishop Philip Wilson in Adelaide's St Francis Xavier Cathedral presented the papal honour in April this year.

Monsignor Swann was born in Kapunda on 20 July 1934 and did his early education at the Mount St Rose Dominican Covent in the town before going to Rostrevor College in Adelaide. He still has family living in the area.

As Fr Swann, he was ordained in St Roses's Church on 20 July 1957, his 23rd birthday, by Archbishop James Gleeson.

Fr Swann was presented the papal honours for his work in promoting marriage education and the importance of family.

During his 49 years as a priest, Fr Swann had various involvement with the media being a regular contributor to the "Catholic Hour" on radio 5KA from 1965 to 1968, the producer of Catholic television programs from 1966 to 1968 and was a regular contributor to the Southern Cross paper for 12 years.

Fr Swann was also on the editorial committee.

Also at the Sunday celebration, Fr Swann presented St Rose's oldest parishioners Reg Rawady with a Papal Blessing for his untiring work to his church and the community for more than 60 years.

Papal blessing (Barossa and Light Herald, 2/8/06)

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Mgr John Swann installation (St Joseph's Parish, Tranmere)

2 Aug 2006