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Divine Word Missionaries are present in the Brisbane Archdiocese, the Rockhampton Diocese and the Townsville Diocese in Queensland.

The Queensland parishes have strong multicultural communities and the Rockhampton and Townsville missions will also involve ministry to Aboriginal communities, including those on Palm Island.


St Mark’s Parish Inala

Fr Bonefasius Buahendri SVD is the Parish Priest of St Mark's Parish, Inala, a large and culturally diverse parish. The Ministry at St Mark's includes a special focus on the Vietnamese Catholic community. About 1700 parishioners worship at St Mark's each weekend. Of these, around 1000 are Vietnamese. The parish also has many Samoan, Filipino, Tongan, European and South American parishioners. Fr Long Nguyen SVD is assistant priest. Fr Joseph Vu SVD and Fr Ho Bach Tran SVD are assistant priests and chaplains to the Vietnamese Community.

Inala Boni and Joseph with parishioners 550


St Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Kingston-Marsden

Fr Mikhael Loke SVD is parish priest of St Maximilian Kolbe parish, located in the growing Logan City area of Brisbane with Fr Nick de Groot SVD as resident priest.

Logan is located in a low socio-economic area, with a lot of refugees, including people from African countries such as South Sudan, Nigeria and Burundi. The parishioners are predominantly of Pacific Island heritage, with a large representation from Samoa, as well as others from places like Fiji, Tonga and the Solomon Islands. Other cultural groups are also part of the parish community.

The multicultural parish is well known for wonderful singing and parish community events, and a youth group is growing in numbers.

St Maximilian Kolbe Marsden Mikhael Loke 600


Rockhampton Diocese

Divine Word Missionary members are also working in the Rockhampton Diocese. Fr Truc Quoc Phan SVD has been appointed Parish Priest in the Parishes of Emerald, Springsure, Woorabinda and other surrounding communities. Fr Francois Andrianihantana SVD is Assistant Priest.


Truc in Emerald 550


Townsville Diocese

Divine Word Missionaries have been appointed to parishes in the city of Townsville as well as on Palm Island. Fr Joseph Reddy SVD is Parish Priest of the Ministerial Region of the Good Shepherd in Kirwan and Fr Clement Baffoe SVD is Assistant Priest. Fr Mahn Le SVD is ministering on Palm Island in collaboration with the Holy Spirit Sisters. Fr Jan Szweda SVD and Fr Gideon Awudi SVD are assigned to St Francis Xavier Parish in Townsville.

Joseph and Clement installation group 550



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