On Friday 19 March 2021, Fr John was inducted into the Salesian College Hall of Fame. Fr John and four others were recognised and celebrated for their success in their chosen fields of service and for acting as positive role models for current and future students.
"As Parish Priest of Sacred Heart in St Kilda and St Columba’s in Elwood since 2007, Fr John Petrulis leads a network of parishioners who work to welcome those suffering homelessness into the fabric of church life. A member of the Sacred Heart Mission Board, Fr John and volunteer parishioners dedicate their time to serving meals to the homeless. Fr John says it is this connection between parish and mission that is essential. As an Archdiocese of Melbourne ordained priest of over thirty years, Fr John has ministered in a variety of parishes including St John the Baptist in Ferntree Gully, St John’s in Heidelberg and St Joseph’s and St Bernadette’s in Boronia."
The evening was hosted by Simon O'Donnell and included a lovely sit down dinner and wonderful speeches by each inductee. Approximately 30 friends / parishioners where there to support Fr John. Thank you very much to Dom for organising our Parish's tables. Fr John's niece Jasmine also attended to support 'Uncle John'.