Clergy

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.

Bishop and Vicar General

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Bishop Brian Mascord

Bishop of Wollongong +3
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Fr Bernard Gordon

Vicar General +3
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Clergy

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Fr Geoff Allen

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Fr Meno Basti OMI

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Fr Ken Cafe OFM

Priest in Residence
St Michael’s Catholic Parish
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Fr Peter Caruana

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Fr David Catterall

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Fr Sean Cullen

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Fr Mark De Battista

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Fr Joseph Dondetti SVD

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Fr Leo Duck

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Fr Michael Dyer

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Fr Damien Ellis

Chaplain to the Australian Army
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Mgr Pat Faherty

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Fr Duane Fernandez

Administrator
St Therese Catholic Parish
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Fr Andrew Granc OFM

Priest in Residence
Holy Cross Catholic Parish
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Fr Richard Green OSPPE

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Fr Anthony Ha

Chaplain
Vietnamese Community
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Fr Michael Healy

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Mgr Bryan Jones

Parish Priest
All Saints Catholic Parish
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Fr Shane Kelleher OCD

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Fr Ronan Kilgannon

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Fr Rajasekhar Kommareddy SVD

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Fr Martin Mai OFM Conv

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Fr George Mankuzhikkary

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Fr Joseph Nguyen

Assistant Priest
St Paul’s Catholic Parish
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Fr Paul O’Donoghue

NSW Police Senior Chaplain
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Fr Slawek Plonka OMI

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Dn Peter Presdee

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Fr Chris Roberts

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Fr Christopher Sarkis

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Mgr Graham Schmitzer

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Fr Bosco Son SVD

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Fr John Stork

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Fr Feleki Tautunu

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Fr Peter Tien

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Fr Francis Tran

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Fr Patrick Vaughan

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Fr Stephen Varney

Chaplain to the Royal Australian Navy
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Fr Victor Vincent

Assistant Priest
St Francis Xavier Catholic Parish
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Fr Michael Williams

Parish Priest
St Paul’s Catholic Parish
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