Members of the Council

The Council is an advisory body to the Bishops Commission for Church Ministry and consists of thirteen persons: two bishops, five priest directors, three lay persons, two religious (one a priest) and a deacon.


Nominations to membership of the Council are by peers and all appointments are by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for a period of three years. All members of the Council are appointed for their expertise (not as representatives) though each reflects a particular background.

Bishops representing the Commission for Church Ministry of the ACBC

  • Bishop Michael McCarthy (Diocese of Rockhampton)
  • Bishop Patrick O’Regan (Diocese of Sale)

Priests nominated by Directors of each of the five Provinces of the Australian Catholic Church

  • Fr Peter Bianchini (Archdiocese of Perth)
  • Fr Brian Mathews (Diocese of Port Pirie)
  • Fr Thang Vu (Archdiocese of Melbourne)
  • Fr Wim Hoekstra (Diocese of Parramatta)
  • Fr Matthew Moloney (Diocese of Rockhampton)

Deacon nominated by the Council and/or Directors

  • Deacon Russ Nelson (Archdiocese of Brisbane)

Lay Members nominated by the Council and/or Directors

  • Mrs Bernadette Mills (Archdiocese of Melbourne)
  • Mr Carey McIver (Archdiocese of Hobart)

Religious nominated by the CRA (Catholic Religious Australia) and/or Council

  • Fr Paul Cashen msc (Archdiocese of Adelaide) - CHAIR
  • Sr Kerin Caldwell sgs (Archdiocese of Melbourne)

Ex Officio

  • Fr Greg Bourke, Council Secretary (Director, Office for Clergy Life and Ministry)
  • National Coordinator of the Permanent Diaconate) – TBA
  • Created: 20 August 2008
  • Modified: 21 March 2018