Walk Down ‘Memorial Chapel’ Lane

Rev Fr Stanislaw Skibicki was a Catholic Australian Army chaplain who served in the ADF between 1997 and 2004. Originally, born and ordained in Poland, he moved to Australia and worked in the Archdiocese of Sydney and after his military retirement, in the diocese of Broken Bay.


While in the Military, Rev Skibicki worked in Pucka, Wagga Wagga and Townsville Military Areas.

He noted his love with the places where he worked and the goodness of his soldiers that he often ‘baptised’ them with polish pronunciation. For e.g., Puckapunyal was named as Puckapunyalski while Kapooka became Kapuski, all with fondness.


He was excited to be back to Pucka chapel after 20 years and noted many changes in the chapel. A bit nostalgic about the old St. Ignatius Catholic chapel that was no longer there but happy with the new structure of the Memorial Chapel which is non-denominational and that soldiers still have a place they can come to have some quiet time with their God. “Pucka was a good spot for me as it is in close vicinity to the city of Melbourne and with less traffic” Fr Skibicki says.