Parish Priests

Parish Priest: Fr Patrick Moroney OMI


Fr Pat joined Immaculate Heart of Mary  Parish as Parish Priest in 2014.

Born in Dublin in September 1939 – the youngest of a large family, he was educated in Terenure College, Dublin and Roscrea College Co, Tipperary.

In 1958, he entered the Oblate Novitiate (The Oblates) and studied for priesthood in the Oblates Seminaries in Ireland. He was ordained on the 20th December 1964.

Fr Pat arrived in Australia in 1965 and was appointed as an assistant in St Patrick’s Fremantle,  followed by St John Vianney’s Melbourne.

In 1968, he was sent to the Oblate’s Mazenod College in Melbourne as one of the founding members. He dedicated the next 40 years in secondary education as teacher, counsellor and Rector at Oblates colleges in Australia. He served as Rector at Mazenod College on two occasions for 13 years and at Iona College in Brisbane for 6 years. In his early days at Mazenod, he also taught English and Religion. In the very early 1980s, after his return from Indonesia, he was sent to the United States where he qualified as a clinical psychologist and also took a post-graduate degree in developmental psychology. He was one of the first Student Counsellors/Psychologists in the Catholic School System in Melbourne.

Fr Pat also served the Oblates foreign missions in Indonesia for 6 years being one of the four founding Missionary Oblates to go there. He was elected Provincial of the Oblate Australian Province, 1994–2000. Prior to coming to Sefton, Fr Pat was Parish Priest at St John Vianney’s Mulgrave.

Fr Vincent McGillicuddy OMI

 59 Fr Vincent McGillicuddyFr Vincent was born in Kogarah NSW in 1930. He received his education at the local Marist Brothers before studying to become a Chartered Accountant.

Fr Vincent joined the Oblate Novitate at Sorento in Victoria in 1955. He completed studies at the Oblate Scholasticate in South Africa where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and was subsequently sent to study in Rome where he obtained a degree in Sacred Theology. He was ordained in Rome on July 12, 1962.

On returning to Australia, Fr Vincent spent 24 years teaching mathematics, accounting and religion studies to senior students at two Oblate colleges: Mazenod College in Melbourne and Iona College in Brisbane. Fr Vincent also served a 19-year term as the Oblate Provincial Bursar, as well as serving as a priest in many of the Oblate parishes throughout Australia.

Currently serving at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Sefton. Fr Vincent has made it his special mission to minister to the sick, where his genuine compassion, humble and calm disposition, have endeared him to many.

Fr James Jeyachandran OMI

Fr James was born in Sri Lanka in 1967 and attended the parish primary school. He did his secondary education in a Hindu college. He entered the Oblate Novitiate in 1988 and made his final vows in 1992. He was ordained in 1994. He was given the first obedience to go the Mission of South Korea after serving two years in his own country. He served in Korea for 17 years in various ministries namely Hospital chaplain, Formator and Mission superior. He arrived in Australia in 2012 and after 8 months of orientation he was appointed as Assistant Priest in St. David’s Parish, Tea Tree Gully. In 2014, he was appointed as Parish Priest of St. David’s Parish, Tea Tree Gully. In 2017, he got a new obedience to Australian Province. After serving five months in St. Patrick Basilica in Fremantle WA, he is appointed as Administrator of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sefton.