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Parish Priest

The Parish Priest is  Fr Bronislaw (Bronek) Pietrusewicz SDS.

Fr Bronislaw was ordained by John Paul II on 28 May 1989. After his ordination, he worked for five years as a very successful Director of Vocations in Poland. 

He came to Australia in 1994 and spent two years helping in Greenmount Parish. Since then he has worked as Parish Priest of Bruce Rock Parish, Archdiocese of Perth and Parish Priest in Ocean Reef Parish (2001 -2006). Parish Priest of Carnarvon Parish, Diocese of Geraldton (2007-2012) and since the beginning of  2013 as Parish Priest of Greenmount, Archdiocese of Perth.

Fr Bronek was the Vicar-Superior of the Salvatorians of the Australian Region for three consecutive terms, to 2018.

 

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Assistant Priest

 

The Assistant Priest is  Fr Ryszard (Richard) Sadowski SDS.

Fr Ryszard was born on 3 January 1973 and was ordained on 29 May1999.

Since his arrival in Australia in 1999 he has worked in the following parishes: Assistant Priest in Balcatta Parish(2000-2002), Esperance Parish, Diocese of Bunbury (2003-2004), Parish Priest of Carnarvon Parish, Diocese of Geraldton (2004-2006), Parish Priest of Ocean Reef Parish (2007-2010) and Chaplain to Chisholm College (2010-2015).

Before coming to Pittwater Parish, he was the Chaplain to La Salle College

 

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Bishop Bernard O'Grady

Bishop Bernard O'Grady,  a member of the Dominican Order (Order of Preachers, OP) arrived in Pittwater Parish in January 2008 as the "Priest in residence", living in the Avalon Presbytery.

Background

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Bishop Bernard was born in Adelaide and educated there by the Dominican Sisters and the Christian Brothers. In 1950 he entered the Dominican Order and studied in Melbourne and Wahroonga, Sydney before being ordained in Adelaide on December 1st 1956. Following one year of further study in Wahroonga he was appointed in 1958 to the newly opened Dominican Mission in the then Western Solomons.

He worked in various parishes and was also Catholic Education Director for the Gizo Diocese which had been formally established in 1964. During this time many new schools were opened and he was awarded an MBE for educational service as well as development work within the Western Solomons.

In 1981 he was elected as Prior (Superior) of the Dominican Novitiate and Retreat House at Blackfriars in Canberra where he spent six years engaged in givng Retreats and Spiritual Direction.

Following another two years back in the Solomons, in 1989 he was appointed to the Dominican College part of the Holy Spirit National Seminary in Bomana Papua New Guinea. There he was engaged in priestly and religious formation and lecturing at the Seminary.

 

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Music Director

Joshua Willard

Josh Willard has been actively involved in the music ministry of Pittwater Parish since 2007, and became Music Director in 2012. He completed Jazz Performance studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and performs reguarly as a saxophonist and pianist in Sydney.

 

 

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Director of Sacramental programmes

The Director of Sacramental programmes is Yvonne van den Berg. You can contact her by clicking her name or you can call 0291570999 xtn13.

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Media & Communication
The media and communication coordinator is Laura Ee, who works in the Parish Office. Her main responsibilities are producing the bulletins, preparing the powerpoints for masses and all the parish identity and support in design.

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