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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.

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Fr  Unyime (Paschal) Okpon - Assistant Priest

Fr Unyime (Paschal) Okpon is a Nigerian.
In 2005, he began his priestly formation in Nigeria with the Servants of Charity congregation and Saint John Bosco Institute of Philosophy, Ibadan. Arriving in Australia in 2013, 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 24th of September, 2016 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Devonport in Tasmania. On the 15th of September 2017, the Feast day of Our Lady of Sorrow Paschal was ordained a Priest of Christ by the Archbishop of Hobart, the Most Rev Julian Porteous DD. Says Fr Okpon “God is my all in all and His love is excess in my life my dream has been to follow him all my life as St. Peter said “Lord to whom shall we go to, you have the word of eternal life” (John 6:68). I want that eternal life for myself and I want to bring everyone I meet to that eternal life too’.

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 in Lenah Valley 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 Pastoral Council. Jane has a love of the outdoors especially enjoying the many bushwalking tracks on Mount Wellington. 

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Director of Sacred Music - Clair Stanelos

St Mary's Cathedral Organist - Greg Stephens

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