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)

Andrea  Jayawardena
Parish Secretary

Deciding to leave my country Sri Lanka and coming to Pakenham Australia in 2009 to make it my permanent home was one of the best decision my husband Ron and I made. I am a proud mother of two children Rebecca and Jason (dec). I enjoy cooking and camping trips in the bush. I look forward to support my parish family and team in my new position. Being part of a multicultural and diverse community not only at church but in the community is a privilege and I look forward to working with you all. God bless

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 Carer

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.

Chiara Rosario
Pastoral & Sacrament

I moved from India way back in 1990, and made Australia home. I have now lived in Pakenham since 2020 and calling it my new place of peace and tranquillity. I have been a volunteer with the Parish and now form a part of this team.  I’d like to think that I am approachable, fun-loving and happy to assist. I love what I do and endeavour to do my best. I welcome feedback and my door is always open.

Parish Council Members 2021-2023

Ex-officio Members
  • Fr Janeesh Jose, Parish Priest
  • Herbie O’Flynn, Parish Safeguarding Officer
  • Megan Escalante, 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
  • Lawrismin Gomez
  • Leyrisse Vanderwert
  • Tresa Andrews
  • Fr Janeesh Jose