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 Worker

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 Worker

“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

Simon Dell’Oro

Principal, St Patricks School 

Helen Staindl

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. 

Tresa Andrews

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.”

John Fanchette

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.

Raja Ginting

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.

Wangui Gaciabu

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.

Helen Yuke

“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.”

Gerald Prestt

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.”

Mark Tanti

Jean-Claude Pauguy

I am Jean Claude Pauguy married to Marceline, father of two children, I moved to the St Patrick Church Pakenham in April 2016. As a child of God I want to have an active role in the parish using the natural talents that God has given to me.