Our Team

Our Team

Fr Janeesh Jose
Parish Priest

“It is very fulfilling to be part of the faith of St. Pat’s Parish community which is very multicultural and growing. All are welcome to St. Pats and let us share our God-experience. "May the church be the place of God’s mercy and love, where everyone can feel themselves welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live according to the good life of the Gospel. And in order to make others feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged, the church must have open doors so that all might enter. And we must go out of those doors and proclaim the Gospel.”( Pope Francis)

Fr Paul Zaher
Assistant Priest

Hello and peace be upon you all. I grew up in the Dandenong and Narre Warren area, spent 6 years in Carlton for my seminary studies, 1 year in Warragul for my diaconal year and now I am here in Pakenham enjoying my first appointment as priest. The St Patrick’s community has a very lively and uplifting spirit, I endeavour to continue and develop that spirit with the greater community while trying to grow a deeper connection with the Parish.

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 enjoyed working 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.


Herbie O’Flynn

Safety Officer

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.

Katrina Venn

Pastoral Associate

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.

Siji Dominic

Pastoral Associate

“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.”

Jane Parsons

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

Parish Council Members 2021-2022

Ex-officio Members
  • Fr Janeesh Jose, Parish Priest
  • Fr Paul Zaher, Assistant Priest
  • Siji Dominic, Plenary Council Representative and Pastoral Associate
  • Herbie O’Flynn, Parish Safeguarding Officer
  • Megan Escalante, Acting Principal, St Patrick’s Primary School
  • Helen Staindl, Principal, St Clare’s Primary School

Elected/Nominated Members

  • John Fanchette
  • Rebecca Simmons
  • Donna Velten
  • Sumy Antony
  • Nisha Gomez
  • Rochelle Pereira
  • Kathleen McAleer
  • Melissa Vaca
  • Jean-Claude Pauguy
  • Gerald Prestt

Finance Committee Members

  • Paul Velten (Chair)
  • Rudy de Jong
  • Gloria Thomson
  • Mick O’Brien
  • Carmel McCowan
  • Fr Janeesh Jose

Fundraising Committee

  • Al-Jane Estrada
  • John Luker
  • Lawrismin Gomez
  • Leyrisse Vanderwert
  • Siji Dominic
  • Tresa Andrews
  • Fr Janeesh Jose