Parish Staff

The Catholic Parish of Forster Tuncurry is staffed by a number of full-time and part-time staff members:

Fr. Greg

Fr Greg Barker

Fr Greg was appointed to the Parish of Forster Tuncurry in March 2015I am Father Greg Barker, Administrator of the Catholic Parish of Forster-Tuncurry since March 2015. I was originally ordained for the Archdiocese of Hobart. I celebrate 23 years of priesthood this year and really wonder where the time has flown. My first appointment was as Assistant Priest in the Parish of Corpus Christi, Bellerive. I have served as parish priest the Parishes of St John the Baptist in Glenorchy, The Catholic Parish of Central Tasmania (which quite literally at the time took in the entire central part of Tasmania) and the Catholic Parish of the Huon Valley.

Somewhere in midst of all that I served as a full time Air Force Chaplain including a stint at Williamtown, was the Vocation Director for the Archdiocese and served as a member of the National Vocations body, served on the Diocesan Property Management committee, was the Year of Grace coordinator, and a member of the Council of Priests.

I moved to the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle through the generosity of both Archbishop Julian Porteous, Archbishop of Hobart and Bishop William Wright, Bishop of Maitland Newcastle. Although I did find the cold of beautiful Tasmania challenging the move was generated by a need to be more accessible to my own family. I say that knowing that I have family in both Melbourne and Brisbane and that they are still a long way away.

I am the eldest of four children and depending which one of my siblings you speak with and on which day, I am either incredibly bossy and dominating or self-assured and caring. My family are important to me however and are becoming increasingly more so as the family welcomes the next generation. I am proud to be uncle to Alexander, Catherine, Alice and Maggie and have spent an enormous amount of time and money (LOL) getting to the position of favourite uncle!

Most important date: 4 September!!!

I look forward to being part of this community knowing that is welcoming, inclusive and open to the needs of all our brothers and sisters. I pray that each visitor to our Parish Community sees in us a gathering of friends both old and new, companions for the journey, encouragement and support as well as a place to call home for however long the stay.


Mr Paul Skippen (Family and Youth Ministry Coordinator)

Paul joined our Parish Team in 2017.  Paul has been working for over 20 years in a number of Catholic schools and parishes all over Australia centring his work on youth and family ministry. Paul is a gifted speaker, facilitator and catalyst for bringing people into the core of the Gospel. Paul is an ardent proclaimer of the Good News and thrives on being able to present this message to young people, families, teachers, parish ministers and anyone who wants to celebrate what it means to be radically Catholic in today’s world. Paul has a passion for engaging liturgy, good music, genuine hospitality and people open to partnerships in parish and school ministry.

PaulSkippen

 

 

 


 

Mrs Claudette Cheetham (Parish Secretary/Admin Assistant)

I came to Australia from the Island of Mauritius 41yrs ago. I have 4 children and 2 grandsons. I retired in June 2016 (so I thought) as the parish secretary of Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, Blacktown and my husband and i came to live in Red Head that same year. The community for Forster/Tuncurry has made us feel very welcome and I remember the first Mass we attended, which was also the first one for Fr Greg. With my 10yrs experience as being a parish secretary I couldn’t pass on the opportunity when the position here became available. Being a parish secretary is not “a job” it is a ministry. I accepted the position to serve this community which I am proud to be part of.  My aim is to be at service in every way I can and I look forward to get to know you better and walk with you in your time of joy as well as sadness.

Claudette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Members of the Parish Staff can be contacted via the Contact Us page.