Fr Gerry Prindiville, a member of The Neocatechumenal
Way, yesterday celebrated his first mass as parish priest
of the high profile and largely indigenous inner Sydney
parish priest of Redfern, following Archbishop George
Pell's Friday announcement of his appointment.
Fr Prindiville, an Australian who grew up in Perth,
was ordained in 1995 as a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese
of Newark, USA. For the past four years Fr Prindiville
has been working in the Turks and Caicos Islands in
the West Indies. He is on loan to the Archdiocese of
Sydney for missionary work.
St Vincent´s has the largest indigenous congregation
in the country and a 30-year tradition of Aboriginal
activism supported by parish priest of 30 years Fr Ted
The Redfern parish is in disarray after Fr Kennedy's
successor, Fr Peter Carroll, failed to gain the support
of influential members of the parish community. Fr Carroll's
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Provincial removed
him after has position was judged to be "intolerable".
In announcing Fr Prindiville's appointment on Friday,
Archbishop Pell said: "As Parish Priest Fr Prindiville
will rebuild the local parish community and minister
to all the locals, especially the Aboriginal people."
Dr Pell said the new parish priest would be supported
by members and seminarians of the Neo-Catechumenal Community,
with which he’s been involved since the mid 1980’s.
The Weekend Australian reported on Saturday that
members of the community would welcome Fr Prindiville
at his first mass, but a spokesman said they were disappointed
that repeated requests to be consulted on an appropriate
priest were "ignored by the Archdiocese".
The Weekend Australian report portrayed Pell's
appointment as divisive. It quoted the community spokesman's
assessment that "the majority of parishioners regarded
the appointment of a The Way minister as Dr Pell's retribution
for their outspokenness".
The Weekend Australian
Mission, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies
priest removed from Sydney parish (26/5/03)
to the St Vincent’s Catholic Parish Community, Redfern
(Fr Bob Irwin MSC, Provincial, Missionaries of the Sacred
rejects priest´s disruption of Aboriginal ministry (19/5/03)
Catholic Ministry, Redfern
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shalt not covet: a frail fighter puts his plea to the
Pope (SMH 3/12/01)
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