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

Agnes happy to call Australia home

This National Refugee Week, 19 to 25 June, we give thanks for our generous supporters who have helped changed the lives of refugees and asylum seekers like Agnes, for the better. After fleeing war-torn South Sudan with her young children in 2002, Agnes says Australia has given her a second chance at life.

There is hope for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum

Earlier this year, the Diocese of Parramatta welcomed James Atanasious as our Peace, Justice and Ecology Facilitator. James, originally from South Sudan, spent 14 years in an Ugandan refugee camp before being accepted into Australia in 2004. For Refugee Week, James has written this message of hope for people who are seeking a place of safety where they can rebuild their lives.

Seminarian David Sebastian: My mother was my first teacher and guide

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked seminarian David Sebastian about his mother Sophia, and the role that his spiritual mother, Mary has played in his life.

Fr Shinto Francis: My mum is my dearest friend

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked some members of our clergy about their mothers and the role that their spiritual mother, Mary has played in their lives.

Seminarian Victor Atuhura (Araali): If I had to define love, Mom would be it

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked seminarian at Holy Spirit Seminary, Victor Atuhura (Araali), about his mother Sally, and the role his spiritual mother, Mary has played in his life.

Catholic Care fulfilling dreams of healing the community

Vince Sibbald and his late wife, Margaret, have lived on the same block of land in Winmalee, in the Blue Mountains, for 50 years. In October 2013, their house of 42 years was destroyed alongside hundreds of others during bushfires that ravaged parts of the Blue Mountains including Springwood, Mount Victoria and Yellow Rock. During…