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 Chanelís in Yarralumla. The Cathedral and Parish Community are administered by Fr. Varghese Vavolil, as acting Administrator, and the work of the parish is supported by Assistant Priest Fr. Peter LíEstrange S.J. Father Peter cares for the liturgical life of St. Peter Chanelís. The Parish is further supported by the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Team.
Fr. Francis Kolencherry
In January 2014, His Holiness Pope Francis established a new Eparchy (Diocese) for the Syro-Malabar faithful in Australia-New Zealand: St. Thomas the Apostle, headquartered in Melbourne, with Fr. Francis appointed its first Vicar General and Finance Officer. Fr. Varghese Vavolil has been appointed acting Administrator of the St. Christopherís Cathedral parish taking over from Fr. Francis.