Ordained at St Mary’s Cathedral on 3 July 1965, Fr Geoff has served throughout the state, from metropolitan Perth parishes to the wide-open spaces of the Central Wheatbelt, as well as in the Diocese of Geraldton.
Appointed in 2010 as parish priest of the new Baldivis parish - a semi-rural but rapidly developing sector 40km south of Perth - Fr Geoff’s passion for one of the Archdiocese’s newest pastoral areas has fanned a fire within him.
In his own words, Fr Geoff said he feels as though he has been blessed with a very diverse, enriching and fulfilling ministry as a diocesan priest.
“Perhaps I can now say, in biblical terms, that the best wine has been kept to last... which is, for me now, the challenge of pioneering the wonderful pastoral area of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Baldivis. I truly thank God for his many blessings of these 50 years.”
Fr Geoff has had a wide variety of parish and pastoral experience over his five decades of priestly ministry, from the city suburbs of Victoria Park, Mirrabooka, Whitford and Innaloo, as well as in the regional areas of Kellerberrin, Northam, Geraldton and other towns in the Central Wheatbelt.
He has also for some years been Diocesan Chaplain to groups like Young Christian Students (YCS), Young Christian Workers (YCW) and Christian Life groups.
Fr Geoff says one of his greatest joys has always been meeting and getting to know parishioners and, in particular, witnessing the faith development of new people entering the Church through programs such as RCIA.