Archbishop: Most Rev. Christopher Prowse DD. STD.

Vicar General : Fr. Tony Percy

Msgr. John Woods

Assistant Priest: Fr. James Onoja

St. Peter Chanel’s contact: Fr. Peter L’Estrange

St. Christopher’s Cathedral
Corner Canberra Ave & Furneaux st.,
Forrest ACT 2603

St. Peter Chanel's Church
Cnr Weston & Loch Sts
Yarralumla ACT 2600

           Parish Office

55 Franklin St., Forrest, ACT 2603
    Office: 02-62399846
    Presbytery:  02-62959555
Mailing Address: PO Box 3012 Manuka ACT 2603.

Office Hours:
Mon-Frid:  8.30 - 12-15pm      12.45pm - 4.30 pm.

Parish Secretary:
Michelle O’Connor

     Parish Team:

Director of Music:
  Jaki Kane

Accounts : Karina Widjaja

School of Religion Coordinator:  Fr. James Onoja

Parish Pastoral Council Chair: Keith Baker

Young Adults Leaders: Jonathan Lee

Lectors and Extraordinary Minister Coordinators: Cecilia Flores and Scott Pohibun

Maintenance Manager:  Pieter van Gent


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Welcome to St. Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra, Australia

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Who Are We as a Parish Community ?

The Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis,  Evangelii Gaudium,  directly challenges us as a parish to live as a community of love, not for ourselves, but for the world. So, who are we? We are the parish community formed around the Cathedral - the seat of the Archbishop Christopher, and the centre of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn - and the local church of St. Peter Chanel’s in Yarralumla. The Cathedral and Parish Community are administered by Monsignor John Woods and the work of the parish is supported by Assistant  Priests Fr. James Onoja and Fr. Peter L’Estrange S.J. Father Peter cares for the liturgical life of St. Peter Chanel’s. The Parish is further supported by the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Team.

Our Mission

As a parish, we are gathered together in Christ. Our mission is to evangelise - to give  witness to the Good News of the Gospel by word and deed. Four of the basic elements of  this  mission may be described as:  proclaiming the good news of  God’s love throughout the world   inviting more and more people into the community of disciples   sanctifying by encouraging the  whole community of faith to grow  in holiness, especially  as a  worshipping community through  intimate connectedness with the  source and summit  of the  Christian Life, the Eucharist.   transforming the world until  justice, love and peace prevail.  In  our Parish, we participate in the  mission of God and the church in  a variety of ways This mission is overseen on behalf of the parish by the Parish Pastoral Council, who  support and sustain the work of the clergy by their willingness to provide their skills, advice  and ability to extend the apostolic life of the community they serve.

Our Vision

The vision of the whole parish of  St. Christopher’s rests in the  names of the names of its  mass  centres.  Traditionally, St. Christopher was  one who carried Christ, as did St.  Peter  Chanel, the Marist  missionary and first martyr of  Oceania, who was murdered on  the  island of Futuna in 1841. The  dedication of both churches  focuses us on the missionary  task  we have as a community of faith,  and bind us to our call of making  visible the  healing and hope of  the Gospel in our lives and in all  that we do.


Bishop Conf     Australian Bishops Issue Pastoral Letter Re.     Marriage

  In response to moves for same sex marriage,         the Australian Catholic Bishops have issued a         Pastoral Letter, "Don't Mess With Marriage".

The text is available HERE.


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The term ‘solidarity’ was often used by Pope John Paul II. Pope Francis has taken up the notion in his encyclical letter, “Laudato Si”, on the environment:

"Everything is connected," the Pope writes. "Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined with a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society."

You can access the encyclical online HERE


Pope Francis Responds to Synod on the Family

Archbishop Christopher encourages us to read the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis “The Joy of Love” (Amoris Laetitia), ‘On Love in the Family’, his much anticipated response to the 2014 and 2015 Synods on the Family.   Copies of the document will be available mid-May from the Catholic Bookshop, Favier House, 51 Cooyong St., Braddon.  Meanwhile, you can access the document at

The matters addressed by Pope Francis are especially relevant to our upcoming Canberra Deanery Assembly, ‘Mercy in Marriage and Family Life’, St Clare’s College, Friday night – Saturday, 12-13 August.  Further details will follow but for now I encourage you to claim the date.  The Assembly will build on the very well received February 2015 Archdiocesan Assembly on Marriage and the Family. Since then we have entered the Jubilee Year of Mercy and we now have the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation.  Each of the five Deanery Assemblies around the Archdiocese will have a prayerful and pastoral focus. Archbishop Christopher is attending each Assembly.

“No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love . . . All of us are called to keep striving towards something greater than ourselves and our families, and every family must feel this constant impulse. Let us make this journey as families, let us keep walking together. (…) May we never lose heart because of our limitations, or ever stop seeking that fullness of love and communion which God holds out before us” (AL 325).

To be family is to have a particular care for those doing it tough. In our need, may we know the balm of God’s merciful embrace.


Pastoral Message from Archbishop Christopher Prowse
Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn
 September 12, 2017


The current issue of same-sex marriage and the proposal to change the basic definition of marriage in Australia raises issues that are central to a society seeking maturity.

We all know and love same-sex attracted people in our families, parishes and communities. They do feel particularly vulnerable in the current national discussions. Our respect and care reaches out to them as always.

That been said, traditional marriage must be considered one of the great treasures of humanity. Clearly, Christianity has given it a particular sacramental understanding. Yet, the exclusive love sharing of a man and a woman that is open to the possibility of giving life to children has been a central benchmark of healthy societies over millennia.

St John Paul II often wrote that society comes through the family. Strengthening society means strengthening marriage and families. How can changing the basic and enduring definition of marriage assist a strong society?

Several recent Popes have also made the parallel with environmental ecology and human ecology. They rightly see their inter-connection.

For example, why be strong on protecting the natural beauties of Australia but less so on protecting proven human beauties, like traditional marriage?

Indeed, we seem to be strong on protecting the environment but seemingly more ready to endanger the delicate ecology of human relationships in redefining marriage. Subjective considerations are significant but must be balanced carefully with objective truths about the value of traditional marriage and its links with the flourishing of society.

Clearly, too, if overseas examples are a guide, many countries that have permitted same-sex marriage are now encountering all sorts of challenges regarding abuses to the fundamental rights of religious freedom and speech. Various ideologies can be asserted in a subtle manner as the new “right”. Pope Francis warns us about the advance of an “ideological colonisation” in our world.

Let us do all we can to protect traditional marriage from any legal redefinition. Make sure you vote!




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