In the Catholic Church, there are three different “orders” or dimensions of ordination that make up the clergy: bishop, priest and deacon.
The bishop—who has the fullest of orders—has a three-fold ministry of prophet, priest and shepherd. Bishop Brian Mascord is the bishop of Wollongong.
A priest shares in the ministry of the bishop. They are ordained to preach the Word of God, preside over the liturgy and the celebration of the sacraments, and care for the pastoral needs of the Christian community. There are 40+ priests in the Diocese of Wollongong involved in a range of pastoral, liturgical and specific ministries (such as hospital, army, navy, police, university and non-English speaking chaplaincies).
A deacon is ordained to serve the Church through the ministry of Word, worship, pastoral care and charity. A deacon may baptise, preach, officiate at marriages and funerals but cannot preside at the Eucharist or give absolution. Before someone is ordained a priest, he is first ordained to the order of deacon. There are also what are called “permanent” deacons who have been ordained deacons but will not be ordained to the priesthood. There are two permanent deacons in the Diocese of Wollongong.
See below for the contact details of clergy currently working in our parishes and chaplaincies. For clergy working in our non-English speaking communities and religious communities, please see their community pages or contact the community directly.
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.