Following the Archbishop’s letter advising that Father Martinho has been appointed as
Administrator of the Regina Caeli Parish from 1 September 2022, the Parish Advisory Council sought further information and clarification of how this may impact our own community.
Last month, we met with Sister Kari Hatherell OSU who, on behalf of the Archdiocese, has been working with the Regina Caeli community and their transition team leading up to the
appointment of the new Parish Administrator from 1 September 2022. We posed a number of
questions and can now provide the following information.
The Archbishop initially contacted Father Paul Cahill (Carmelite Provincial) inviting the
Carmelites to take on this added responsibility. The Carmelites accepted a three year commitment to this mission to align with the timing of the next Carmelite Provincial Chapter.
Both the Regina Caeli Parish and the Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish (OLMC) will continue as separate parish communities. Father Martinho’s role as Parish Priest of OLMC continues and he also takes on the role of Administrator of Regina Caeli Parish. He will lead the ministry of both parishes. Both
parish offices will continue unchanged and he will be supported in both parish groups by leadership and ministry groups.
There is no intention to change Sunday Mass times at either parish. Regina Caeli Parish has two weekend Masses, on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Meetings with the leadership group at
Regina Caeli will occur on Sunday mornings following Mass.
As a community we need to be aware that there will be adjustments to the workloads of Father
Martinho and Father Matthew and assist as we can. A new deacon will join the Carmelite community at Mt. Carmel later in the year. The Carmelite community of Fathers Martinho and Matthew and the new deacon will continue to live in the priory.
If you have any further questions or concerns please advise us through the parish office.
on behalf of the Parish Advisory Council