Archbishop George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney,
has today announced the appointment of Fr Gerry
Prindiville as Parish Priest of St Vincentís,
Redfern. Fr Prindiville will say his first Mass
in the parish on Sunday 20 July 2003.
Fr Prindiville is an Australian who grew up in
Perth. Later he moved to Canberra. He was a public
servant for many years before deciding to pursue
the priesthood, offering himself as a diocesan
missionary priest after being formed through the
Fr Prindiville was ordained in 1995 as a diocesan
priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, USA. He is
on loan to the Archdiocese of Sydney for missionary
For the past four years Fr Prindiville has been
working in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the
West Indies. On these small islands near the Bahamas
Fr Prindiville ministered to the small proportion
of Catholics among the mainly Anglican population.
On making the appointment, Archbishop Pell says
ďAs Parish Priest Fr Prindiville will rebuild
the local parish community and minister to all
the locals, especially the Aboriginal people.
He will be supported by members and seminarians
of the Neo-Catechumenal Community with which heís
been involved since the mid 1980ís. I welcome
him and thank him for taking up this important
ministry for the Archdiocese of Sydney.Ē
Fr Prindiville will be joined at Redfern by Deacon
Clesio do Nascimento Mendes a native of Brazil,
who is preparing for priestly ordination for the
Archdiocese of Perth.