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New faces for parishes


There will be new faces at several suburban and rural parishes next year following clergy appointments announced earlier this month.

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The changes have been made by Archbishop Wilson, with most taking effect from Sunday January 21.

In the South East, Fr Christopher Matala will take over as parish priest of the Bordertown and Naracoorte parishes. He was previously on the Yorke Peninsula where Fr My Tran will be a supply priest in residence through to May 2018.

Fr Dean Marin continues as parish priest of Millicent, including Beachport, and the Mount Gambier parishes, while Fr Michael Romeo has been appointed parish priest at Penola, including the towns of Kingston and Robe.

Following the withdrawal of the Salesians, Fr Peter Zwaans has been appointed parish priest of the Brooklyn Park/Richmond parish. Fr Zwaans will also work as the vocations director for the Archdiocese of Adelaide on a part-time basis.

Fr Josy Sebastian MSFS and Fr Roy John SMM have been appointed parish priest and assistant priest respectively of the Kangaroo Island, Noarlunga Seaford and Willunga parishes.

Effective from July 15 2018, Fr Roderick O’Brien will be parish priest of Lefevre Catholic Community. He will replace Fr Brian Angus who is retiring.

From Sunday February 18, Fr Shibu Jacob MSFS will be the Salisbury parish priest with Fr Saminathan Arockiasamy SDM the assistant priest. Fr Francis Phat will continue as assistant priest at Salisbury until November next year.

Fr Vinh Tran has been appointed parish priest of the Victor Harbor/Goolwa parish.

At the Cathedral parish, Fr Charles Gauci continues as administrator with Fr Tony Telford Sharp returning to the team as one of the assistant priests. Fr My Tran will continue as assistant priest after his short appointment to Yorke Peninsula.

Fr Peter Fountain PP has been appointed Pastor Emeritus, resident in Mt Gambier in 2018.

Appointments for the Brighton, Croydon Park and Glenelg parishes will be announced next year.

Announcing the appointments, Vicar General Fr Philip Marshall congratulated those taking up new responsibilities and expressed his gratitude for their present ministries.



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