Parish Leadership Team

Fr Jerald Cecil Mariadas
Parish Priest
Fr. Jerald is a diocesan priest and  belongs to one of the Indian dioceses called Sultanpet. His calling to the priesthood goes back childhood. His late uncle,
Fr. Carmel Irudhayam, was a strong source of inspiration to the priesthood. Having entered the seminary at the age of 16 and while he underwent formation, he completed his secondary and Bachelor Degree in management studies too. Jerald began his philosophical and theological studies at St. Peter’spontifical Seminary, Bangalore where he discerned his motto and vocation is “to transform and to be transformed”. He was ordained as a priest on May 3rd 2009. Having served two years in his diocese as an assistant priest at  the Cathedral and secretary to his Bishop a year respectively, he accepted  an offer to take up his ministry in the Archdiocese of Melbourne  2011. During his stay in Melbourne he assisted at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Augustine church for a year.  He then served as assistant priest at  St. Macartan’s parish in Mornington for 19 months and was appointed priest  at Our Lady of Pines, Donvale in June 2014.
Initially, in January of 2015 Fr Jerald become the Administrator of Ss Peter and Paul’s and Our Lady of Pines parishes with the assistance of Fr Peter Tran and moved to the presbytery. In January of 2016, Fr Jerald became the parish priest of both Ss Peter and Paul and Our Lady of Pines parishes. On the 10th of September 2016 , Fr Jerald was officially installed as Parish Priest for the partnered parishes at a ceremony officiated by his Grace Archbishop Denis Hart . Please.