Parramatta Catholic Foundation proudly supports the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, and Holy Spirit Seminary, which work to spread the faith.

The Holy Spirit Seminary forms young men for the priesthood and for a life of service, modelled on Christ. It does this by providing a holistic approach to developing seminarians spiritually, academically and in human virtue.

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“We have three key areas of formation for our seminarians. The first level deepens their relationship with God. The second level enriches their relationship with family, friends and peers. And the third level expands their contribution to society. Integrating these three levels prepares our future priests for the demands of this ministry.”

Fr John Hogan, Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine provides faith formation and Christian learning to students in State schools. The main areas taught are the teachings of Jesus, Gospel values and the Catholic Church.

The great fruit of this ministry is assisting students to encounter Christ.


“A reward from this work is to see students praying to God, sharing their joys and sorrows… I’m also moved when students freely approach teachers years later, recalling their SRE classes. Some of these students go on to become SRE teachers themselves.”

Cecilia Zammit, Director of The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine

News & Events

Celebrating the gift of sign languages and inclusion

Wednesday 23 September is a special day for our deaf community – it is the International Day of Sign Languages – the day where we celebrate the gift of sign languages, the natural language of deaf people. It’s also a day where we give thanks to our supporters, for enabling the vital work of the…

Ensuring the legacy of your lifetime lives on

  As Christian stewards, we are entrusted to use the gifts we are given wisely for the greater good of our family, our faith community and God’s kingdom. We all want to make a difference in the lives of our families, friends and in our communities. During national Include a Charity Week, 7 to 13…

St Finbar’s Legacies of Faith and Love

  During Include a Charity Week, which runs between 7 to 13 September, Australians are asked to consider the beneficial legacy that they can leave to the community by including a gift in their Will to causes close to their heart.  As Christian stewards, we are called to receive God’s gifts gratefully; cultivate them responsibly;…

Making a Will – why it’s essential and the “do’s and don’ts”

As Christians, we are called to steward God’s gifts gratefully, share them generously, and return them with increase. Making your Will enables you to safeguard your life’s work and the blessings God has given and support your values, loved ones, and causes close to your heart beyond your lifetime. During Include a Charity Week, which…

Granville parishioners enact corporal works of mercy to farewell a stranger

  Christopher Baker died alone. He had no friends and no family to attend his funeral. His one request when he passed away was to have his funeral performed in a Catholic Church. Little did Christopher know that he would be farewelled by the generous parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish, Granville. The funeral, held at…

Ephpheta Centre celebrates 40 years’ services to deaf community

  The deaf and hard of hearing community across Sydney have celebrated a milestone. On Sunday 4 August, the Ephpheta Centre celebrated their 40thanniversary with Mass and a luncheon. Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, was the principal celebrant for the Mass. Hundreds of Ephpheta Centre volunteers, members, families and friends were in…