Our Parish Priest is Rev Salas Muttathukattil MSFS. He was born in Kerala, one of the southern states of India. He is the youngest of three boys and three girls of which two of his sisters are nuns. At the completion of his schooling, he joined the order of Missionaries of St Francis De Sales(MSFS) which has its headquarters in Rome. He was ordained to priesthood on 8 May 2006 and worked as a teacher, assistant priest and as a Vocation Promoter to the order before he moved to Australia in 2011. He has been an assistant priest at St Michael’s Hurstville and All Hallows Five dock, and Parish Administrator of St Augustine’s and St Joseph’s before he took charge as Parish Priest of St Christopher’s and St Patrick’s on 6 December 2019.
Rev Fr Bhaskar Mendam MSFS is the current assistant Parish Priest of the parishes of St. Christopher’s Church, Panania and St. Patrick’s Church, Revesby Heights. He belongs to the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS).
He was born in 1974 in C.N. Kota, Andhra Pradesh, India. He joined the minor seminary in the year 1990 and made his first religious profession on 10th June 1994 in Salesianum, Vizag. He did his (B.Ph.) & (B.A) Degree in Bangalore University. He was then sent to Jana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pontifical Athaneum, Pune, for his B.Th. Degree in Theological studies. He made his perpetual profession on 6th Jan, 2001and was ordained as Deacon on 7th Jan, 2001. His Priestly Ordination occurred on February 9th, 2002.
As a Priest he was first appointed Asst Parish Priest at Mellavagu, for one year and then he was made Parish Priest in the same place from 2003-2007. In the year 2007 He was appointed as Parish priest in Hyderabad. In the year 2010 he was transferred to Suvidya College Bangalore as an Administrator and Finance Officer. In the year 2012 he was appointed as Province Bursar, Superior of the Provincial House and Correspondent of the Kotak School. In the year 2015 he was appointed as a Manager and Superior of S.F.S. Printing School.
He came to Sydney on November 12th 2018 and on 6th December 2018 he was appointed as an Assistant Parish Priest at Our lady of the Rosary Parish, Fairfield NSW 2165. On 6th December 2019 he was appointed as an Assistant Parish Priest at St. Christopher’s Church Panania and St. Patrick’s Church, Revesby Heights.
As a Priest, I enjoy meeting with parishioners, interacting with them and assisting them on their faith journey. As you all know very well, to be a holy priest is a great challenge. I hope and pray that I continue to live out my priesthood and my vocation every day, always relying on the grace and strength from God to do what I can with all those that I serve. I leave the rest to God. Trust in Him.