Pastoral Region Parish Staff
Parish Priest & Diocesan Bishop
Born at Crows Nest in January 1941, Bishop Peter Ingham is the son of George and Marjorie Ingham (nee Hyndes). His early education was completed at St Leonard's Primary School, Naremburn, and St Pius X College, Chatswood. He studied for the priesthood at St Columba's Seminary, Springwood, and at St Patrick's Seminary, Manly, and was ordained a priest by Cardinal Gilroy in St Mary's Cathedral in 1964.
Dean of the Cathedral & Administrator of the Pastoral Region
Ron Peters was born in Sydney to Dutch parents in 1958. However, he commenced his schooling in The Netherlands. His parents migrated a second time to Australia and Ron then continued his primary schooling with the Sisters of Mercy at Blacktown and, then, his secondary schooling with the Patrician Brothers at Blacktown and Fairfield.
Assistant Priest/Hospital Chaplain
Bernard Dowdell was born in Wollongong in 1946. He attended school at St Francis Xavier's and then C.B.C. Wollongong before and after its re-naming as Edmund Rice College. In 1963 he entered St Columba's College Springwood (and also in Rome) to study for the priesthood, and was ordained in Wollongong in September 1969.