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Pastoral Council

The Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body, consisting of the Cathedral Administrator, Parish Priests, Pastoral Associates and parishioners from within the Parish.


The purpose of the Pastoral Council is to:

  • Promote the church’s mission to live and communicate the love and values of Christ in our world.

  • Share in the responsibility for the ongoing life and development of the faith community, working together with parishioners to provide support for their efforts to live as followers of Christ.


The core concern of the Pastoral Council is to focus on pastoral issues and make parish decisions that reflect the values of the Gospel and the teachings of the Church. It endeavours to achieve its purpose by:

  • Listening to and actively gathering information about the hopes, ideas, needs and concerns of parishioners.

  • Offering advice and support to the Cathedral administrator, working collaboratively with him and with each other.

  • Encouraging and supporting the continuing good work of existing groups within the parish.


Providing opportunities for parishioners:

  • To grow in their relationship with God and with each other.

  • To support and encourage them in their continuing efforts to be a Christian influence in the wider community.

  • Planning for the future of the parish by setting realistic and achievable short-term and long-term pastoral goals, within the framework of the Archdiocesan priorities.

  • Initiating and overseeing the implementation of these pastoral goals.


Meetings are held every month in the Cathedral Centre.


If you have any thoughts/suggestions you'd like to pass on, or are interested in joining the Pastoral Council, contact can be made via the Parish Office.

Current Members

Fr Bernard Perera

Cathedral Administrator 

Fr Paschal Okpon

Parish Priest

Sr Monica Shelverton

Parish Pastoral Associate 

Jane McKeown

Parish Secretary

David Shelverton

Parishioner of St Mary's Cathedral

Vlad Curak

Parishioner of St Mary's Cathedral

Ann Collis

Parishioner of Sacred Heart Church

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