Most Rev Julian C Porteous - Archbishop


Julian Charles Porteous was born on June 5, 1949, Sydney and baptised in Rose Bay Parish. He is the eldest of five children, having two brothers and two sisters.

Archbishop Porteous has family links to Tasmania. His forebears arrived in Tasmanian from England in 1853. His great grandfather and great grandmother were both born in Hobart, within one kilometre of St Mary’s Cathedral.  His grandfather was named Manful Charles Hobart Granger.

Archbishop Porteous completed his primary education in Melbourne, Singapore and Parramatta before he undertook secondary schooling with the De La Salle Brothers at Oakhill College, Castle Hill.

Archbishop Porteous entered St Columba’s Seminary, Springwood, in 1968, then continued studies for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Manly, from 1971.  He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Sydney on September 7, 1974.

Fr Leonard Caldera - Administrator


Fr Leonard Caldera is a Sri Lankan born priest and is currently the Administrator of St. Mary’s Cathedral Hobart. In his spare time, Fr Leonard has an interest in horticultural.

Further information to follow in the coming weeks.

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Fr Fidelis Udousoro

Fr Fidelis Cosmas Udousoro is a Nigerian. In 2010, he began his priestly formation in Nigeria with the Oblates of St Joseph and the Saints Peter and Paul Seminary, Bodija, Ibadan. Arriving in Australia in 2014, he spent a period discerning with the Missionaries of God’s Love (a Religious Institute of Diocesan Right) in Canberra before being accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Hobart and sent to complete his formation and studies at Corpus Christi Seminary, Melbourne.
He was ordained a deacon on the 17th of June, 2017 at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Burnie-Wynyard Parish in Tasmania. On the 14 th of September 2018, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Fidelis was ordained a Priest of Jesus Christ by the Archbishop of Hobart, the Most Rev Julian Porteous DD. Asked about his journey to priesthood Fr Fidelis says: “The one thing I asked of the Lord, he has granted me; from my childhood days I had always desired to dwell and serve in God’s house all
the days of my life since in heaven and on earth there is no other treasure except the One true God”.

To God be the glory.

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Deacon Nick MacFarlane - Deacon for St Mary's Cathedral Parish


Nick MacFarlane was ordained in St Mary’s Cathedral on 4th of June 2006, the first married man to be made a permanent deacon in this Archdiocese.  He and his wife, Dr Giovanna MacFarlane, have five adult children and 16 grandchildren.  They are long time members of the Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community, a Catholic private association of the laity.  Prior to entering the ministry, Deacon Nick worked as an electrical engineer in the West Coast Mines at Rosebery, with Telstra, and with a private consulting firm.  Deacon Nick has a great interest in evangelisation and in the energisation of men in the church.  Besides work in parishes, he has worked in prison ministry, men’s ministry and in pastoral care in a nursing home.   In his spare time he enjoys playing his banjo and singing folk songs.

Sr Monica Shelverton - Pastoral Associate

Sister Monica Shelverton was born in 1940 the third of ten children of Arthur and Jean.

She was educated by the Presentation Sisters at St. Columba's School, Hobart.

Her formation for Religious Life began in Launceston on the 8th February 1956. This formation continued in Melbourne until 1960 when Sister Monica made her First Profession in St. Mary's Cathedral, Hobart on the 15th of March.  Eight years later Sister Monica made her Final Profession on the 18th March 1965.  Sister Monica is a trained certified Infant and Primary School teacher.

Renewal causes after Vatican 11 included twelve months at Assumption College, Melbourne and three months at Teschemakers New Zealand.  From 1982 - 1988, Sister Monica joined the Presentation Mission in Papua New Guinea supporting the on-going education of young women.

On return from PNG, Sister Monica accepted the role as Pastoral Associate to the parish of King Island then in 2002 was commissioned as Pastoral Associate to some of the parishes of the Eastern Shore of Hobart.  Since June 2016 Sister Monica has been the Pastoral Associate to St Mary's Cathedral Parish, Hobart.'  Praise God from whom all blessing flow.'

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Jane McKeown - Parish Secretary

Jane McKeown was born in Sydney and moved to Hobart with her family in 1970. She attend Immaculate Heart of Mary School until Grade 3 and then moved to St Mary's College to complete her education and graduated Grade 12 in 1984. Jane has worked in the Community Service sector and has an extensive knowledge of the Disability industry. Jane is involved with the Alpha program within the parish. Jane is a member of the Parish Council. Jane has a love of the outdoors especially enjoying the many bushwalking tracks on Mount Wellington. 

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Rossalyn Giudici - Sacristan


Rossalyn Giudici has been a Cathedral parishioner for fifty years and has recently taken on the role of weekday sacristan. Rossalyn and her late husband Sergio brought up seven children and she is now enjoying grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When not involved with the family or pottering in the garden, she volunteers in the Archdiocesan Archives transcribing Sacramental records on to a computer for permanent record and genealogical research. She says she has learnt a lot from her work in the Archives, as well as from her sacristan duties.

Ben Mackey - Choir Director

Ben Mackey has recently undertaken his MA in Music at Durham University where he was Organ Scholar at Hatfield College from 2017-2018. He was a music scholarship recipient at the University of Tasmania and the University of Newcastle (NSW) in Australia, studying piano and organ before working in three Australian Anglican Cathedrals as an Organ Scholar and Assistant Organist. Ben then trained as a school teacher before undertaking further study in Ireland under Gerard Gillen at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. While in the UK he studied under Francesca Massey, and was the inaugural recipient of the Ramsay Burn Music Scholarship which enabled further study in Canada. In March 2018, Ben was appointed Principal Organist and Director of Music at St. Mary’s Cathedral. He combines this role with life as a music teacher at the Fahan School. Ben is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.

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Jo-Anne Kemp - Assistant Choir Director

Jo-Anne began her music studies in piano, violin and choral music in Cairns. She continued onto university, and between1989-1991 completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music), Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 1992 and Master of Music degree, awarded in 2000. It was during her Master of Music degree that Jo-Anne further studied the piano under the esteemed Russian pianist, Oleg Stepanov.


In her final year of undergraduate studies, Jo-Anne was awarded The McGregor Summer School Prize for the “Best All-Round Musician” in the Music Program of the School of Arts (USQ). In addition to her musical studies, she has been musical director of productions for Cairns Choral Society and the APIA Theatre Group in Brisbane. Interspersed with this, Jo-Anne completed her A.MUS.A (distinction) and L.MUS.A in piano.


More recent achievements include the publication of her article on Australian composer, performer and teacher Miriam Hyde, in both the British Music Society Journal, the proceedings from the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference (2015), and respective Music Teacher Association Journals of South Australia and New South Wales. She is continuing to explore further research on Miriam Hyde. Jo-Anne has also received awards and recognitions for her accompaniment and repetiteur skills, on a state, national and international level.