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 Shammi Perera - Administrator


Fr Shammi Nilantha Perera is a Sri Lankan born priest and is currently the Administrator of St. Mary’s Cathedral Hobart and the chaplain for migrants and refugees in the Archdiocese of Hobart.  Having acquired a Bachelor of Philosophy and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degrees from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, and upon completion of priestly formation at Our Lady Of Lanka Seminary in Kandy, Sri Lanka, he was engaged in the education field for five years teaching history and geography in a secondary International School and lecturing in humanities in a local university. During this time, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Teaching Technology from the Skimm Manipal University, India and completed a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from the Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka. Fr. Shammi, who was a student of Corpus Christi College in Melbourne, studied briefly at the Catholic Theological College in Melbourne and was ordained a priest on 8th Dec. 2012 for the Archdiocese of Hobart by Most Rev. Adrian Doyle DD. His first appointment after priestly ordination was as the Assistant Priest of St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Hobart and since May 2013 he has been closely ministering to the refugees and asylum seekers in Tasmania. He offered material, emotional and spiritual support and care to the refugee children at the Pontville Place of Detention before it was closed. Recently, he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care and Human Mobility at Scalabrini International Migration Institute affiliated to Urbaniana University in Rome.  His motto is “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14). In his spare time, Fr Shammi likes to play basketball, watch classic movies and read historical literature.



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.'



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.


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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.

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.


Jo-Anne is currently the Musical Director and conductor for the Tasmanian Chorale, the Deputy Director of Music at St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Musical Director Development for Clarence City Band, and the Musical Director for St David’s Cathedral’s Floral Festival.


More details about Jo-Anne can be found on her website





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