retirement of Ted Kennedy, George Pell has made two highly contentious
appointments of parish priests to St Vincent's: Peter Carroll, MSC,
July 2002 - May 2003; Gerry Prindiville, Neocatechumenate, July
2003 - ?
Letter to Fr Bob
Irwin, MSC Provincial - 5/05/2003
Provincial Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
have been authorised to write to you on behalf of those
members of the community of St Vincentís Redfern who
attended the meeting on May 4, 2003 to discuss the future
of St Vincentís, and in particular the role of Father
Peter Carroll as parish priest. Father
Carroll was invited to attend but declined to do so.
We understand that you were also invited.
meeting was convened in the context of increasing concern
for the spirit and charism of a community which has
come together over the past thirty years and which is
built upon a distinct culture and view about what it
is to be a Christian community. This culture was inspired
and nurtured by Father Ted Kennedy, Mum Shirl and many
others. The community recognises that what happened
in the past cannot and will not be replicated in the
same way as it was then.Indeed, the community has shown that it can move
on without the presence of Father Kennedy which it did
with success during the long period after Father Kennedy
ceased to be regularly available.The community remains determined that its culture
and spirit will continue long into the future and it
is our sincere and earnest prayer that our priest, whomever
that might be, will embrace us accordingly.
meeting was variously attended by some 75 people and
the following resolutions were passed unanimously:
community of St Vincentís Redfern endorses the core
2.That the community agrees that the behaviour
of Father Peter Carroll is unacceptable to them (in
light of some these values).
3.That the community seeks an urgent meeting
with Father Carroll and the Missionaries of the Sacred
Heart to discuss the above resolutions, and that the
meeting be held at St
on Sunday May 18 at .
4.That if Father Carroll does not agree
to attend this meeting to address the concerns of the
community, to endorse the attached values and personally
commit to resolve all difficulties (in the spirit of
these values) then the community will request his immediate
removal as parish priest.
wish to emphasise the distress and anxiety expressed
by so many. People are concerned for the wellbeing of
Father Carroll, but also for the future of the St Vincentís
community. They recognise that Father Carroll has made
efforts in his role as parish priest and that he has
connected with some people. On the other hand they are
upset and angry about his behaviour towards certain
people in the community and by his refusal to embrace
the spirit and history of St Vincentís, and in so doing
engage openly with the community as a whole.
look forward to hearing from you and advise that we
can be contacted as above.We also enclose a copy of our letter of even
date to Father Carroll.