For the nurturing and constant growth of the People of God, Christ the Lord instituted in His Church a variety of ministries, which work for the good of the whole body. For those ministers, who are endowed with sacred power, serve their brethren, so that all who are of the People of God, and therefore enjoy a true Christian dignity, working toward a common goal freely and in an orderly way, may arrive at salvation.
-- VATICAN II, Lumen Gentium, no. 18
Rev. Fr Richard Rosse
FATHER Richard is the third parish priest appointed to St Catherine of Siena Parish. He was born in Mauritius. He moved to Australia in 1998 for his tertiary education at Monash University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business in 2002. Also in 2002, he attended World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada.
It was there that Fr Richard experienced God in a very personal way. On returning to Australia he became more involved in his local parish, including daily Mass and prayer which brought him close to Jesus Christ and started him thinking that he may be called to be a priest.
Fr Richard joined Corpus Christi Seminary in 2004. He was ordained at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 11th September 2010 and celebrated his Thanksgiving Mass at St Kevin’s Church, Hampton Park.
Prior to his appointment to St Catherine of Siena Parish, Fr Richard was the assistant priest and master of ceremonies at the Cathedral. He also served as assistant priest at St Anthony’s Parish, Noble Park for two years.
Rev. Chris Creo
DEACON Chris is the first deacon appointed to our parish. He came to Australia with his family in 2004. He worked in an abrasive manufacturing factory as assistant leading hand for seven years and in a pasta-making factory for eight months. He began his diaconal formation as one of the first batch of inquirers when the permanent diaconate was restored in the Archdiocese of Melbourne in April 2007. He began his theological studies in 2009 at the Catholic Theological College-University of Divinity (CTC) in Melbourne and was ordained on 15 November 2014 by Archbishop Denis Hart together with two other Filipino deacons.
Deacon Chris holds a bachelor degree in Journalism (from the University of the Philippines) and worked as a journalist and editor before coming to Australia. He obtained his Bachelor of Theology (CTC) in 2013. He also has a graduate diploma in Teaching-Secondary from the Australian Catholic University (ACU).
Deacon Chris is married to Asther and has three children, Sanyata, Sanghaya, and Elessar.
- Read Deacon Chris' Blog:
A Deacon's Path: Towards a Ministry on the Edges
Previous Parish Priests
Rev. Fr John R Tollan
Founding Parish Priest
Rev. Fr Joseph Olickal, MC
January - September 2017