Fr Greg Barker (Parish Priest)
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.
Danielle Kingdom (Admin Assistant)
I moved to NSW from Darwin, NT, in May 2018. I have two children who are thoroughly enjoying our change of lifestyle. We’ve settled into our new home out at Smith’s Lake and are enjoying the beautiful beaches and surrounding national parks this area has to offer. We love getting out and exploring on the weekends. I previously worked as an administration assistant for The Salvation Army in the community support sector and enjoy working for organisations that are focused on community assistance and engagement. The parish community here is very welcoming and I look forward to working with all our wonderful volunteers as well as getting to know the parishioners.