Fr KL Devenish CSSp is remembered as a kind of hero by parishioners of the 1950s. It was this spirited Spiritan who, in responding to the need to expand the parish chapel to better accommodate the growing number of parishioners attending Mass, decided to bless three Miraculous Medals and place them on the land he was interested in purchasing, to counter the resistance he was experiencing from the old land-occupier’s relatives.
Fr Devenish promised the Blessed Virgin that Miraculous Medal devotions would be said regularly if he got the land. A small document entitled ‘A Brief History of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Curepe’ compiled by Dorothy Dolly and others in 1997, tells the story that “He did get the land. It was purchased on May 17, 1954 at a cost of $7,000. Fr Devenish kept his promise and up to the present time the Miraculous Medal novena is being said every Monday morning after Mass.” That practice continues.
A Catholic News’ article in mid-1968 described Fr Devenish as “the indefatigable parish priest”. That story described the details of the imminent consecration of the church on October 7, 1968 by His Grace, Most Reverend Anthony Pantin.