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Queensland

 

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. 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 Joseph Vu SVD and Fr Ho Bach Tran SVD are assistant priests and chaplains to the Vietnamese Community.

 

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. Fr Xuan Long Nguyen SVD is assistant 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.

Sunil and Bang at Mass 650

     

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 Firminus Wiryono 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 Joseph is also administering the parish of Deeragun. Fr Mahn Le SVD is ministering on Palm Island in collaboration with the Holy Spirit Sisters. 

Joseph and Clement installation group 550

 

 

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