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Alexander (Sandy) Abbey – Dubbo Parish Representative Participation of Young Catholics Sandy is a teacher at St. Matthew’s, Mudgee. He has a strong desire to serve the rural church and has a particular passion for youth ministry and adult faith education. Sandy has a Masters of Divinity and has a particular interest in systematic theology and Church history. He is the Convenor of the Participation of Young Catholics workgroup. Jenny Allen - Ex Officio - Catholic Education, Diocese of Bathurst Participation of Young Catholics Jenny is Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese and has over 30 years’ experience in Catholic education. In 2008, the Australian College of Educators and Wollongong University presented Jenny with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Education for development of innovative approaches to teaching and learning. In 2018, she was awarded an Excellence in Education Award by the College, for demonstrated excellence in educational practice at school, system and sector level.

Rev Charles Applin - Ex Officio - Deacon Worshipping God in Prayer and Sacrament Charles is a Deacon of the Diocese of Bathurst. After migrating from England, he settled in Wallerawang, attending the Sacred Heart Church, and has been an active member of the Finance Committee and the Pastoral Parish Council. Charles has a specific interest in liturgy and, particularly, Sunday celebration of the Word with Holy Communion.

Graham Apthorpe – Cowra Parish Representative Hearing and Proclaiming the Word of God Graham has a Masters in Business Administration and is recently retired after 48 years in local government, working in Gunnedah and Narrabri; and including 31 years at Cowra. He has served as Chair on St Raphael’s Parish Pastoral Council and is a church musician with a keen interest in the liturgical role of music.


Father Greg Bellamy – Orange Parish Priest Worshipping God in Prayer and Sacrament Father Greg is the Parish Priest of Orange and Molong. He grew up in Bathurst before becoming a secondary teacher in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati and at St Stanislaus College Bathurst. He has studied Business, Education, Philosophy, and Theology, including a License in Patristic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Emily Bennett – Lithgow Parish Representative Participation of Young Catholics Emily is currently the Youth Minister at La Salle Academy in Lithgow and is undertaking her second year as a Youth Minister for the Diocese of Bathurst. She has been involved in youth ministry in the Diocese for a number of years, both as a participant, and, more recently as part of the Team. She is passionate about her work as a youth minister and has a love for music ministry. Jenny Bremner – Wellington Parish Representative Participation of Indigenous Catholics Jenny grew up on Sydney's north shore but ended up marrying a farmer! Over the years she has done her share of secretarial duties on P&Fs, school boards and the Parish Pastoral Council in Wellington. Jenny recently completed seven years’ service on the Board of Wellington Christian Education Inc. Glen Brown - Wellington Parish Representative Hearing and Proclaiming the Word of God Glen began his teaching career began at St Michael’s, Dunedoo in 1999 and, in 2000, he commenced at St Columba’s, Yeoval. He has been Principal at St Columba’s School, Yeoval since 2004. Glen has been a member of the Wellington Parish Pastoral Council since 2001.


Pip Brown - Coonamble Parish Representative Hearing and Proclaiming the Word of God Pip has been a Coonamble parishioner for six years and has just finished a three year term as chair of the Parish Pastoral Council. She manages the canteen at St Brigid’s Primary School and was instrumental in initiating a Youth Mass once each school holidays, trains the altar servers, coordinates the lectors and prepares the weekly Mass PowerPoint.

Deacon Joshua Clayton - Ex-Officio Participation of Young Catholics and The Domestic Church: Marriage and Families Deacon Josh is married to Anna; they have four children and live in the Cathedral Parish. Josh is the Ministries Co-Ordinator for the Diocese and serves in the Parish of St James', Blayney as the Administrator’s Delegate. Josh and Anna are committed to parishes, especially to their important mission to form members of their community as Missionary Disciples to be on mission to the world. The Clayton family are followers of the Sydney Swans and love to travel.

Chris Derwin - Orange Parish Representative Hearing and Proclaiming the Word of God Chris has been a member of the Parish of St Mary and St Joseph, Orange for over 30 years. Throughout this time, he has facilitated Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation classes in the Parish and has been a Eucharistic Minister and reader. Before his retirement last year, Chris was involved in Catholic education in the Diocese from 1987 as teacher, REC, principal and schools consultant.

Father Paul Devitt - Ex Officio - Vicar General Building a Community of Love and Service Father Paul is the Diocese’s Vicar General and Dean of the Cathedral. Born in Eugowra, he was educated by the Sisters of St Joseph, completing his secondary education at St Stanislaus’ College. He has tertiary degrees in education, philosophy, theology and social science and has been parish priest in Dubbo, Orange and Blayney. He was a member of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council for nine years.


Helen Evans – Molong Parish Representative Worshipping God in Prayer and Sacrament Helen has been a Molong parishioner for many years, assisting where necessary and at time outside her comfort zone. A retired nurse, she lives and works on the family farm.

Tony Eviston - Ex Officio - Chancellor Building a Community of Love and Service Tony has worked for the Diocese since 1989, was previously the Manager of the CDF and is currently the Chancellor of the Diocese. He is an Acolyte in the Cathedral Parish and has been involved in the wider community through his role with the Josephite Foundation, Lifeline and the Bathurst Neighbourhood Centre for many years.

Melissa Feltham - Cathedral Parish Representative The Domestic Church: Marriage and Families Melissa has a Masters of Theology and is a learning support teacher at Cathedral Primary School, Bathurst. Following her involvement in the Young Adults Group workshop at the Diocesan Assembly in 2013, she became a member of the Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council in 2014 and has been involved in various forms of leadership and initiatives since. Melissa is currently the Chair of the Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council.

Monica Foran - Dunedoo-Coolah Parish Representative Worshipping God in Prayer and Sacrament Monica has been a teacher in the Diocese of Bathurst for more than 30 years, with most of that time spent at St Michael’s, Dunedoo. She is involved in many parish ministries and is committed to the future of St Michael’s Parish as well as other small parishes in the Diocese. She is a member of the Diocese’s Confirmation Advisory Panel.


Robert George - Ex Officio - Centacare Bathurst Participation of Indigenous Catholics Robert is a parishioner of Cathedral Parish, Bathurst. He has been a member of the Centacare Bathurst team for the past 18 years, where he has worked to ensure people are given every opportunity to ‘live life to the full’. He has been the Director of Centacare Bathurst since 2009.

Eddie Gibbons - Oberon Parish Representative The Domestic Church: Marriage and Families Eddie is a member of the Oberon Parish Council. He is a Eucharistic Minister and has been involved in home prayer groups and music ministry for over 30 years. Eddie participated in diaconate formation for five years and was instituted by the Bishop as a Lector and Acolyte.

Lois Gibbons - Oberon Parish Representative The Domestic Church: Marriage and Families Lois is involved in the local church as a proclaimer of the Word, Minister of Communion, Sacristan, Music Ministry and been facilitator of the Lenten program for many years. A past member of the Oberon Parish Council, she is involved in the parish dialogue for the Plenary Council and continues to support staff and students at St Joseph’s school with the Sacramental Programme.

Graham Giles - Coonabarabran Parish Representative Worshipping God in Prayer and Sacrament Graham was in the Royal Australian Navy for 20 years and after his discharge, he continued to work for the Navy as an Instructor. He lived in Papua New Guinea for three years and is a father to six children, a grandfather and a great grandfather to two adorable children. Occasionally, Graham travels to Columbia to visit his son and his family. He is a member of the Men’s Choir in Coonabarabran and of the Coonabarabran Parish Pastoral Council


Fran Hansen - Blayney Parish Representative Participation of Indigenous Catholics Fran was born and raised in Orange. Along with her husband and other community members, she has been a steward of Shalom House of Prayer for the past seven years. She describes her work at Shalom as ‘pretty full on but rich and very rewarding’. Fran finds that her involvement with the Participation of Indigenous Catholics working group keeps her thinking about how Shalom can better serve Aboriginal people in our Catholic communities.

Anne Hayman - Portland Parish Representative Building a Community of Love and Service Anne is retired history teacher, and now a part-time support teacher at St Joseph's, Portland. She is currently the secretary on the Portland Parish Council, the Residents' Advocate at Tabulam Cottages and a community volunteer.

Louise Hennessy - Dunedoo-Coolah Parish Representative The Domestic Church: Marriage and Families Louise lives in Elong Elong and works with Centacare Bathurst, located in the Dubbo office. She coordinates the community education program. Louise says her role changes as local community needs evolve and includes working with farmers under a drought support program, with local primary schools and the pre-marriage relationship program.

Nathaniel Higham – Coonabarabran Parish Representative Participation of Young Catholics Nathaniel studied for his Bachelor of Educational at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo and currently works as an Educator at Yuluwirri Day Care Centre Coonabarabran. He is into karate and boxing and also part of the Coonabarabran Men’s Choir. He is a member of the Coonabarabran Parish Pastoral Council.


Father Reynold Jaboneta - Parish Priest of Coonabarabran and Coonamble Participation of Young Catholics Fr Reynold is from the Province of Iloilo, Panay Island, Philippines. Since his ordination for the Diocese of Bathurst in 2012, Fr Reynold has served the parishes of Mudgee and Dubbo. He is currently Parish Priest Coonabarabran and Coonamble.

Denis Kelly - Portland Parish Representative Participation of Indigenous Catholics Denis is a Portland parishioner. He is a strong supporter of the great spirit of Vatican II and the reform that Pope Francis promotes. He is happy to work on the Participation of Indigenous Catholics working group, working towards becoming the fully inclusive church that we aspire to be.

Father Greg Kennedy EV – Ex Officio – Episcopal Vicar for Clergy Hearing and Proclaiming the Word of God Father Greg served as assistant priest in Cowra, Mudgee and Dubbo, and Parish Priest in Orange, Eugowra, Lithgow, Portland, Coonabarabran and Coonamble. He is currently serving in Dubbo again and Gilgandra, along with acting as Administrator of the Dunedoo/Coolah Parish.

Kerrie Lovegrove - Lithgow Parish Representative Building a Community of Love and Service Kerrie is an early childhood teacher who has worked in childcare and schools for the past 30 years. She has always enjoyed being a part of the Church community and feels advantaged by the benefits and security that comes with it. Kerrie contributes to her parish through weekly music ministry and the liturgy through reading at Mass. She also assists with the music for the Youth Mass, which is now an established event on the Parish calendar.


Father Carl Mackander - Parish Priest, Wellington Participation of Indigenous Catholics Father Carl was born and raised in Mudgee and is the Parish Priest of Wellington. He studied for the priesthood in New Zealand and during this time, he became conscious of Indigenous issues with the Maori people. Fr Carl has served in many parishes in the Diocese. He has been the Parish Priest at Dunedoo, Dubbo, Canowindra-Eugowra, Orange and Dunedoo/Coolah and has been involved with Aboriginal ministry in Cowra, Dubbo and Wellington. He is the currently the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Bathurst. Anne McLean - Mudgee Parish Representative Hearing and Proclaiming the Word of God Anne has been a Mudgee parishioner since 1973. Throughout the years she has worked with parent organisations at a parish, diocesan, state and national level, including the NCEC Religious Education Committee. She has been instrumental in the programme ‘Conversations about Catholics’ and very involved in fine tuning sacramental programs.

Deacon Terry Mahony - Ex Officio The Domestic Church: Marriage and Families Terry is a Deacon of the Diocese of Bathurst, having been a parishioner in Bathurst for 30 years. Now retired, Terry was a teacher is his working life. Terry has always placed a very high value on family and married life and is involved in the Marriage Encounter movement. Along with his wife Christine, Terry is the Convenor of The Domestic Church: Marriage and Families workgroup. Christine Mahony The Domestic Church: Marriage and Families Christine has been a Cathedral parishioner for over 30 years. She was a teacher at MacKillop College for 20 years before her retirement. She participates in the Pastoral Ministry Formation Program, Marriage Encounter and a range of other ministries in the parish. Christine is married to Deacon Terry and with him is the convenor of The Domestic Church: Marriage and Families workgroup.


Geoff Mann - Dubbo Parish Representative Building a Community of Love and Service Geoff is a retired teacher and continues his life-long love of sport at ABC Central West and Western Plains. He worked for four years as a Youth Minister in the Diocese. Currently he is a team member in the Parish’s ‘Second Thursday Dinners’ and co-ordinates the RCIA. Active in many areas of parish ministry for 40 years, Geoff is a currently a member of St Brigid’s Pastoral Council and has been a mentor for seminarians in the Parish over the past four years.

Leonie Mann - Gilgandra Parish Representative Participation of Indigenous Catholics Leonie retired from a career in aged care some six years ago having served in positions as supervisor and then care. She works part time as Parish Secretary and serves on the Parish Pastoral Council, as Secretary. Currently, Leonie is a team member in the Parish’s ‘Second Thursday Dinners’ and co-ordinates the RCIA.

Paul Mann - Gilgandra Parish Representative Participation of Indigenous Catholics Paul was General Manager of Gilgandra Shire before his retirement. He has previously served on the Parish Pastoral Committee and assists with parish finance matters. He has also served on the former Regional Parish Council.

Sr Mary Murphy rsj - Sisters of St Joseph Representative Worshipping God in Prayer and Sacrament Sr Mary is a Josephite Sister, currently managing the St Joseph’s Heritage and Conference Centre, Perthville. Her other ministries have included teaching, youth work, vocations development, pastoral care, spiritual direction and retreat days and parish life, mostly in the Archdiocese of Canberra/Goulburn and the Diocese of Wagga Wagga. Sr Mary was Parish Leader of Ardlethan/Ariah Park, in the west of the Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese, for seven years.


Worshipping God in Prayer and Sacrament David has been a Bathurst parishioner since 1991. He works as a building surveyor at Bathurst Regional Council and is also employed by the Cathedral Parish as Liturgical Ministries Director. In 2010, David completed a Master’s degree in Theology (Liturgical Studies) which helped him to understand the important part the liturgy plays in the pastoral life of the Church. He was a member of the former Diocesan Liturgy Council for many years.

Jacqueline Parmeter – Molong Parish Representative Hearing and Proclaiming the Word of God Jacqueline has been a St Lawrence O'Toole, Molong parishioner for over 20 years. She was a teacher at St Joseph's, Molong from 2002 -2017 and is currently Principal at St Joseph's Primary School in Manildra.

Susan Parnell - Gulgong Parish Representative Worshipping God in Prayer and Sacrament Sue is a member of the Gulgong Parish Pastoral Council. She has been a teacher for 50 years and currently works as a casual teacher at Wellington High School. Sue recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education (ACU).

Sr Patricia Powell rsm - Sisters of Mercy Representative Participation of Indigenous Catholics Sr Patricia is a Sister of Mercy who has been carrying out the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy in the Diocese of Bathurst for over 50 years. Her formal ministries include secondary school education in Orange, adult faith education in the Diocese and Mercy Congregation administration at local and national levels. She was also involved with Aboriginal communities in Dubbo and further west during the 1980s and is a founding member of Rahamim Ecology Centre in Bathurst.


Sr Alice Sullivan rsj - Executive Secretary, Diocesan Pastoral Council Hearing and Proclaiming the Word of God Sr Alice is a Josephite who grew up near Coonabarabran. She was a teacher in the Diocese, and for 15 years, was Pastoral Associate at Mudgee. Currently, Sister Alice works as the Diocesan Faith Education Worker and as Pastoral Associate in the Cathedral Parish, Bathurst and has a special interest in young families.

Amy Sullivan - Orange Parish Representative Participation of Young Catholics Amy was born and raised in Orange and has also lived in Canberra and London. After almost 10 years away, Amy returned to Orange in 2012 to work as an accountant. She is presently employed as the Ministries Director for the Orange Parish.

Jacinta Thatcher - Gulgong Parish Representative Participation of Young Catholics Jacinta is a teacher at All Hallows Primary School in Gulgong and is the Northern Region Coordinator for Special Religious Education in public schools across the Diocese. She is an endorsed Safe Church Awareness Workshop presenter and holds a Masters of Theology. Jacinta is involved in various ministries in the Gulgong Parish and is undertaking the Diocesan Ministries Formation Program. She has been involved in Diocesan Youth events since moving to the Diocese in 2012.

Nicole Twohill-Scott The Domestic Church: Marriage and Families Nicole is a Parishioner of St James’ Parish, Blayney. She is married to Brendan and has two sons, Hamish and Alistair. Nicole has taught in many locations across the Diocese and is currently a teacher at St Raphael’s, Cowra. She has been a key person in Youth Ministry and has helped to facilitate many Diocesan youth festivals over the years.


Margaret Wallington - Cowra Parish Representative Building a Community of Love and Service Margaret has lived in Canowindra since 1989. A former nurse, she now produces organically made wine and breeds sheep and cattle. Margaret is a member of St Raphael’s Parish Pastoral Council and attends St Edward’s Church, Canowindra, where she has been active in many ministries and a Conference member of the local St Vincent de Paul Society. Margaret is the Convenor of the Building a Community of Love and Service workgroup.

Deacon Mike Williams - Ex-Officio Building a Community of Love and Service Mike was a teacher at St Mary’s Catholic School, Wellington for 25 years and at St John’s College, Dubbo for one year. He is a Wellington parishioner and has served several terms as a member of St Patrick’s Parish Pastoral Council. Mike is currently the Chaplain at Wellington Correctional Centre.


Focus of each DPC Working Group (Bishop McKenna – 2016)

1. Hearing and Proclaiming the Word of God This is not simply about reading at Mass, though we have begun and will continue to build on the calling and formation of people carrying out this important ministry. It is more basically about helping everyone to access and receive the Word of God that comes to us in the Scriptures and the teaching of the Church. The “Word and Faith” groups started after the last Assembly were a first attempt to do that, but much more needs to be done. In other words, it is about evangelisation, our basic mission. It involves how we hand on the faith in our own schools, in government schools, in sacramental programs and in inviting people and giving good quality formation to them in the RCIA. 2. Worshipping God in Prayer and Sacrament We have important work to do ensuring that our parish, school and other liturgies (especially, but not only, the Mass) are of the highest quality, in communion with the Church, that we can manage. Liturgy is prayer and its true quality comes out of the relationship with Christ that we bring to it as individuals and a community. Formation in personal and family prayer and the availability of good retreats is a vital part of nourishing that relationship. 3. Building a Community of Love and Service We cannot become Christians on our own. We need one another to share our journeys of faith, especially when the road becomes rocky. Part of that sharing is cooperating in works of service and promotion of justice for people inside and outside the Church, meeting Christ in those who suffer or are excluded. This cooperation has to be practical and attentive to caring for the temporal needs of our parishes, our diocese and the wider Church. 4. Indigenous Catholics Thirty years ago in Alice Springs, Pope St John Paul II said to aboriginal peoples that “the Church in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others.” These words resonate today and are at the heart of our aspirations. We have begun to make good connections already in our local church, of mutual benefit, in our schools and the work of Centacare, as well as in some parishes. Last year’s diocesan gathering on the meeting between Aboriginal and Christian spirituality was illuminating for all who participated. However, we must keep going. 5. Marriage and Family The renewal of the domestic church must be at the heart of renewal of our community of faith. If we could do that, how many withered branches in the Church would begin to bud with life again! A deeper understanding of Christian marriage, through early catechesis of our young people, as well as enhanced preparation for weddings; and ongoing formation and support for married couples, is needed. We also need to help families come together for prayer and scriptural reading in the home, and link them to participation in the life of Word, Sacrament and Service of their local parish. 6. Young Catholics The years of adolescence and young adulthood are crucial for most people: and set directions for basic life choices. They are also years of great openness to new ideas and possibilities, of great capacity for generosity and adventure. In that way, they are vulnerable to false promises, but hungry for truth. We fail as disciples of Christ if we ignore them and their needs; and we are diminished as a church without their contribution to our common life. Our efforts to connect have been bearing fruit: especially as we develop this ministry more and more in collaboration with our schools.


Prayer for the Diocesan Pastoral Council Annual Assembly

We praise you, God our Father, source of all life.

Guide and protect us as we answer the call to rebuild your Church.

Help us to remember that unless it is you who do the building, we labour in vain.

Holy Spirit, renew our wisdom and courage as we undertake this work.

Let Christ reign in us, that we may become a people who show the world that he is alive in the community that bears his name.

Our Lady of the Central West, pray for us.

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