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The call of a diocesan priest is a call to serve the people of the Archdiocese wherever that need might be. For me, since ordination, that has been lived out by serving in the Ipswich, Daisy Hill, Sunnybank, Goodna and Jubilee Parishes before being appointed to the Cathedral in August of 2017. Each pastoral experience has been unique and each faith community has enriched my priesthood and strengthened my vocation.

With the appointment of Fr Kevin Smith as Vice Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary, Banyo, the Archbishop has asked me to replace him as Parish Priest of Caloundra. Naturally I was not expecting or looking for a move from the Cathedral but as a diocesan priest my first responsibility is to the Archdiocese and with that as my motivation I have accepted.

I am delighted, however, to announce that your new Dean of the Cathedral is Fr Anthony Mellor, currently Academic Dean of the Seminary and Parish Priest of Clayfield. As well as being a theologian, Fr Anthony brings to our community a wealth of pastoral and administrative experience and will be a very safe pair of hands as we journey into the future. Fr Mellor takes up his responsibilities here at the Cathedral on the 1st of January, 2019.

What has amazed me during my time at the Cathedral is just how much it is a working church! From the Young Adult Ministry and COSSAG to our local Vinnies Conference and the Music Department there is no shortage of activity in the Cathedral precinct. There is always something going on! Not only do the Guides and Welcomers greet thousands of individuals, pilgrims and school groups each year through the doors of St Stephen’s their energy is backed up by the countless volunteers who support the sacristans in ensuring everything runs smoothly. Most of this ministry goes on behind the scenes, but I assure you that your generosity and your eagerness to be involved in the life of our city parish is very much appreciated.

This energy continues over these next couple of weeks with the finalisation and printing of next year’s parish calendar, the end of year COSSAG Market and Food Festival, preparations for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and the launch of the inaugural Lights of Christmas at the Cathedral which will begin on Wednesday, December 12th and will run every night till Christmas Eve. It is predicted that the Christmas Lights will become one of the major Christmas events of the city and we will have the opportunity over these nights to welcome tens of thousands of people to the Cathedral precinct.

Finally I would like to thank the Archbishop for the opportunity of working in the Cathedral Parish and acknowledge the assistance of Fr Odinaka, Fr Thomas and all the visiting priests who help provide the pastoral care to all those who walk through the doors of St Stephen’s. Backing us up is not only the Parish Finance and Pastoral Councils but our dedicated Cathedral Office Staff whose foresight and generosity to work beyond expectations ensure that we continue to be a positive, responsive, faith filled Catholic community that is a joy to belong to.

Thank you once again,

Fr Peter Brannelly, Dean


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