At a glance
We have two churches, St James in Malanda, and St Rita of Cascia in Millaa Millaa. The Parish Office is located at 5 Monash Avenue, Malanda: ph: (07) 4096 5156. From July 2017 the care of the four parishes of the Atherton Tablelands was united under one parish priest; the main Parish Office is now in Atherton, 28 Mabel Street; ph (07) 4091 1125.
Born in New Zealand in 1962, he went through primary school there (1967-1971) and in Papua New Guinea (1971-1974), and secondary school at St Augustine’s College, Cairns (1975-1979). He studied at Pius XII Seminary, Brisbane (1980-1986), served as a deacon in Parish of Tully. He was ordained to the presbyterate of the Diocese of Cairns in 1987, and served variously in Cairns, Mourilyan–South Johnstone, Thursday Island, and Mossman & Port Douglas, and since April 2014 in Malanda.
Post-graduate studies were undertaken at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (Sant’Anselmo) in Rome, in 1997–2002, gaining a License in Sacred Liturgy in 2001, and, after returning to Australia in 2002 to assist in parishes while researching and writing, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on the history of the Roman fraction rite in March 2008.
National Liturgical Council (Australia)
Australian Academy of Liturgy
Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society
Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques / International Association of Patristic Studies
The North American Patristics Society
Society of Biblical Literature
The primary scope of his current research covers a detailed analysis of the eucharistic institution narratives in Greek, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian and Latin (as well as Ethiopian via translation), through all ancient sources (Scripture, Apocrypha, and Patristic writings) and their development in the anaphoras.
Fractio Panis: A History of the Breaking of Bread in the Roman Rite,
Studia Anselmiana 151/Analecta Liturgica 29,
(Rome: Pontificio Ateneo S. Anselmo [Sankt Ottilien: EOS], 2011).
ISBN 13: 978-3-8306-7426-9.
National Library of Australia, Trove entry: 153052857.
St Mary’s of Port Douglas: As it came to pass,
eds Annette Anich, Sr Pat O’Shea and Helen Whyte,
(Mossman: Aedis Deiparae Scriptorium, 2012).
ISBN 13: 978-0-9873745-0-9
National Library of Australia, Trove entry: 170883148.
“The Breaking of Bread and the Eucharistic Prayer,” in Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church, vol. 3, Liturgy and Life, eds Bronwen Neil, Geoffrey D. Dunn and Lawrence Cross (Strathfield: St Paul’s, 2003), 133-145.
“Gathering Angels at the Breaking of Bread,” in Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church, vol. 4, The Spiritual Life, eds Wendy Mayer, Pauline Allen and Lawrence Cross (Strathfield: St Paul’s, 2006), 113-131.
“Potency, not Preciousness: Cyprian’s Cup and a Modern Controversy”, Worship 81 (2007) 290-313.
“Gathering Angels, and Welcoming Abraham”, in Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church, vol. 5, Poverty and Riches, eds Geoffrey D. Dunn, David Luckensmeyer, and Lawrence Cross (Strathfield: St Paul’s, 2009), 364-369.
“Non Sum Dignus/Digna: Pressing Out the Female Voice”, forthcoming in Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church.