Fr George Condookala, Assistant Priest
Fr George Condookala originally from Kerala in southern India; where he was in charge of 23,000 Catholics from 180 villages and was a school principal with 2,500 students and 180 borders and a orphange that cared for 140 children.
Fr George also has 6 university degrees,he has worked in ecumenical movements like the Shoalhaven Awakening in Campbelltown, NSW as well as India. He has served in the parishes of St John's Campbelltown and St Michael's Nowra. On Saturday 17th December 2011, Bishop Peter Ingham appointed Fr George Condookala to Lumen Christi Catholic Parishes Wollongong.
Fr Bernard Dowdell, Assistant Priest/Hospital Chaplain
Paul Mason, Musical Director
Paul is a professional liturgist. He holds a Master of Arts in Theology and a Master of Arts in Liturgy from Australian Catholic University and the Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS), and is a member of Societas Liturgica. Paul is Coordinator of Liturgy for the Diocese of Wollongong and Executive Officer of the Wollongong Diocesan Liturgical Commission. Prior to his appointment at Wollongong, Paul was Pastoral Associate at the Catholic Parish of Lower North Shore in the Diocese of Broken Bay, a member of the executive of the Broken Bay Diocesan Liturgy Commission and chair of the Broken Bay Music Ministry Forum.
Paul is a member of the Council of the Australian Academy of Liturgy (AAL) and a founding member of the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network (APMN). Paul is a also a member of one of the four sub-committees of the National Liturgical Music Board (NLMB). Paul has published articles in Worship Magazine, the Australian E-Journal of Theology and the Australian Journal of Liturgy. Paul's book "Psalms for All Time" includes brief articles on each of the seasonal psalms with historical background and liturgical application.
As a composer, Paul has specialised in liturgical music. His "Mass of Glory and Praise" was published by Willow in 2004 and launched at the Sydney Archdiocese "Sing the Mass" event. His collection of musical settings of the Grail translation of seasonal psalms are included in the book "Psalms for All Time" published by Willow in 2007. Paul's hymn "Love Never Ends" was recorded by Kamahl in 2007 and published and recorded in 2009 in the collection "As One Voice: Next Generation". More recently, Paul turned his attention to the implementation of the 3rd edition of the Roman Missal, with three settings published by Willow in late 2010. Paul is currently working on two new volumes of psalm compositions.
As a musician, Paul began singing in St Leo's CBC school choir, in Box Hill Victoria. He studied AMEB piano and theory and began singing and playing piano professionally from the age of sixteen. Paul played in rock and jazz bands such as Australian Crawl and Crosswinds. Paul was a member of the Holy Name Wahroonga parish and choir since moving to Sydney in 1994 and directed the WYSPERS youth music group in that parish for fifteen years. (WYSPERS is short for Wahroonga Youth Singers and Players).
Paul holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Melbourne University. He worked in the IT industry from 1976 until 2004 in senior sales, marketing and general management positions at Burroughs/Unisys, Fujitsu and Ericsson, working with customers such as Australia Post, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, supplying large-scale systems, networks, applications development and outsourcing.
Fr Ron D Peters, Dean
In 2005 Ron was ordained as a priest for the Wollongong Diocese at Saint Francis Cathedral. He has served in the parishes of Ruse and Nowra. He was chaplain to the Berrima Women Corrections Facility. In 2006 he was appointed Dean of the Cathedral and Administrator of the Cathedral/Gwynneville parishes. He is a member of the Diocesan Schools Board, and the Diocesan Pastoral Planning Team. He is chaplain to the Dutch community.
Bishop Peter Ingham, Parish Priest
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.
In his early ministry in the Archdiocese of Sydney he served as Assistant Priest in Rosebery, Newtown, St Marys (near Penrith) and Auburn South. Then followed six years as private secretary to Cardinal Freeman and ten years as Secretary of the Archdiocese of Sydney. He was nominated a Prelate of Honour (Monsignor) to his Holiness Pope John Paul II in 1986. In 1990 he returned to parish ministry as Parish Priest of St Charles Ryde. During this time he also took on the duties of membership of the College of Consultors and the Council of Priests. He was ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney in 1993 by His Eminence Cardinal Clancy, with the title of Bishop of Pudenziana.
Bishop Peter Ingham was installed as the fourth Bishop of Wollongong on 25 July 2001. Past ordinaries were Thomas Absolem McCabe (1951 - 1974), William Edward Murray (1975 - 1996) and Philip Edward Wilson (1996 - 2000). William Murray is Bishop Emeritus of Wollongong.
In July 2008 Bishop Ingham celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of his episcopal ordination; on 18 July 2009 Bishop Ingham celebrated the 45th anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood.
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