Fr. Bernard Buckley, Parish Priest
“I arrived at St Patrick’s parish in January 2017 after a couple of years in Traralgon and Yarram parishes. Having served in the Iona, Koo Wee Rup, Cranbourne and Berwick parishes previously, I was happy to see old friends here when I came to Pakenham. What a diverse parish we are! I look forward to the years (and the excitement!) ahead.”
Mary Craven Secretary
The role of parish secretary was given to me in 1990, by Fr John Phelan. It is a sometimes involved and always a happy position that I have enjoyedworking in with each of our parish priests and staff. I have been in Pakenham all my 65 years and have the honour of being the second person on St Patricks baptismal record. I am a mother of 4 and grandmother of 6 so they, along with a very patient husband Stuart, form the centre of my free time.
My wife Lyn and I moved here in late 2015 from Canberra where we had lived for over 30 years. My background is with the Australian Army and with the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. I am the Parish Safety Officer and am involved and committed to Paddy’s Kitchen. We are slowly getting used to
living in Pakenham helped by our children and especially our grandchildren.
Involvement in Parish activities is important to us.
“John and I moved to St Patricks 17 years ago. During this time I have involved myself in different aspects of parish life. I now work especially for the care of our sick and housebound parishioners
“I was baptized Jerene and am known by my nickname Siji. My family includes my husband, Dominic and my two boys Dave and Dan. I take care of Parish related activities and am looking forward to serving you all.”
Pastoral Associate, Shanagolden
“I have lived in Pakenham for 31 years. I enjoy being outside and my favourite place is the Grampians where I enjoy hiking. My role is to build the link to connect the Parish with the community of Shanagolden
Principal, St Patricks School
“Hi, I’m Mick O’Brien. As the Principal of St Patrick’s Primary School I am an ex-officio member of the Parish Council on which I have served for the last 12+ years. I have enjoyed watching and participating in the growth and changing face of Pakenham and the responses to that growth and change we have had to make in the Parish.”
Principal, St Clare’s Officer
Having grown up locally in Maryknoll, I have worked in different parts of the state and am now the founding Principal of St Clare’s School in Officer – the second Catholic Primary School in our Parish of St Patrick’s Pakenham.
When not engaged in education, I sing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus. I have performed for the BBC, the ABC, at the MCG Grand Final, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics and have sung with John Farnham and Barbra Streisand and even managed a Happy Birthday for the Queen.
“Hello everyone. I am Tresa Andrews, I work at St Patrick’s Primary School as a teacher. I am married to James and we have a beautiful daughter, Niketa. I have been a parishioner for 7 years. The most exciting thing about being a part of this parish, is the colourful vibrancy from all over the world.”
Our family has been in Pakenham for 18 years. I have watched both it and the parish grow from a mono-cultural and welcoming community to the multi-cultural and even more welcoming one it has become. This is my second time on the pastoral council and hope to be able to have some influence in making our parish even better and a greater influence on our greater community.
Having a growing family of his own, Raja understands the importance of teaching the Faith to young children as the future active members of the Church. Raja also understands the importance of having a community that supports each other as members of the Body of Christ.
“I’ve been in Australia for 29 years, and have been at St Patrick’s for 5 years. As a member of the Parish Council I wish to grow stronger in faith, share my talents and other God-given gifts, and contribute to the growth of our church and the lovely St Patrick’s community.”
My husband Wayne and i have lived in Pakenham for 28 years and we have 3 children. I love walking and swimming and have a keen interest in my hobby mosaicing. I also enjoy doing charity work.
“I was born in South Sudan, and came to Australia in 2004. I am the mother of 5 children and grandmother of 12. I have lived in Pakenham for 2 years. Currently I serve God and the people of Pakenham as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and as a member of the parish council.”
“I have been at St Patrick’s for 6 years. I have 2 children. I have been involved with charity organisations. I love gardening and animals.”