Thank you for the very warm welcome I have received since arriving in the Parish. I have enjoyed meeting many parishioners and families and your kindness certainly makes a difference as I move into a new home and a new place of ministry. This year I also commence an appointment as Vice Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary and Pastoral Director of those students participating in a year of pastoral placement. While having supervised students in the Parish several times it will be a new experience for me to be directly involved in the formation of those preparing for ordained ministry.
Secondly, I admire the generosity of St Agatha’s Parish which for many years has shared its Pastor with another ministry in the Archdiocese or the Province of Queensland. Fr Anthony and Fr Adrian held positions which served the wider church and that will continue as I am involved at Holy Spirit Seminary. Not every faith community would be so generous and I am grateful for your patience and understanding as I attempt to get the balance right.
I have met quite a few people from Clayfield Parish over the years as I was pastor at Caloundra for seven years and before that appointment I was eighteen years at Coolangatta- Tugun Parish on the Gold Coast. While they are both very beautiful parts of the world I am delighted to be once again living and working back in Brisbane. I am the second of three sons and was born in Charleville, Queensland in 1961. I grew up in Ipswich, was educated at St Edmund’s Christian Brothers and ordained in February 1986 at St Mary’s Ipswich.
One very positive aspect to being back in Brisbane is the possibility of attending a Broncos game because Murphy, my Border Collie, doesn’t cope very well when the master gets excited while watching a televised game of real football!