Mark was educated by the Presentation Sisters at St Finn Barr’s, Invermay, and by the Christian Brothers at St Patrick’s College, Launceston. Seminary studies were undertaken at Corpus Christi College, Clayton, Victoria. While in the Seminary, Mark completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Monash University.
Meet a Lay Minister
He served in a number of Melbourne parishes as Assistant Priest and Parish Priest and in 2003 was appointed Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, where, after four months, he was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese. Subsequently, he was appointed an Auxiliary Bishop with responsibility for the Eastern Region of Melbourne in addition to his duties as Vicar General.
Sr Philomena Burrell pbvm is a member of the Congregation of Presentation Sisters (WA) with over fifty years teaching experience spanning Grade One in Primary School to Year Twelve in High School and teaching Music. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (English Literature & Maths (UWA), a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (NDA) and a Graduate Diploma of Ministry (MCD).
There have been many people who, and events which, have had a profound influence in my life. Living in the island State of Tasmania has also had an influence. Some of this impact goes back many generations, as I can claim convict ancestry on both the First Fleet into Sydney and the First Fleet into Hobart. As these ancestors were later granted their Tickets of Leave, their contributions to their communities became more productive and lawful! I also have Irish connections through one James Ryan, who arrived in Tasmania in the 1850’s.
I was born in 1948 the eldest of 8 daughters. As a baby boomer in Melbourne, I enjoyed a peaceful and people- centred childhood. Our family were pioneers of the Bennetswood Parish with my father’s earthmoving company turning the first sod of soil for the building. As was the custom, the school was built by the parishioners and staffed mainly by nuns. At the age of 18 years, as a new graduate, I became a lay teacher at the school.