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.

fr John hogan

“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

Vale Fr Michael “Mick” O’Callaghan

Fr Michael “Mick” O’Callaghan, Emeritus Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Way Parish, Emu Plains died on 5 March 2021, aged 78. Born on 22 April 1942 and ordained to the priesthood on 27 August 1976, Fr Mick was a priest for 45 years. Fr Mick was born in Coleraine, Victoria – a town…

Vale Bishop Bede Heather

Bishop Bede Heather, Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta died on 25 February 2021, aged 92. Bishop Bede was born on December 7, 1928 and ordained a priest on July 15, 1951. He retired as Bishop of Parramatta in 1997. He was born in Strathfield, the third child of William and Alice Heather. Educated at St Patrick’s…

Meet new dad, Dale

The Parramatta Catholic Foundation supports works of Faith, Hope and Charity across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Our current appeal seeks to build support for CatholicCare’s Project Elizabeth pregnancy support service. If you would like to help, please click here to make a donation today. My name is Dale, and I have participated in parenting…

Meet new mum, Sharen

Parramatta Catholic Foundation supports works of Faith, Hope and Charity across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Our current appeal seeks to build support for the 2020 Pregnancy Support Award-winning CatholicCare Project Elizabeth pregnancy support service. If you can help, please click here to donate today. “My name is Sharen, and I have participated in parenting and family programs…

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…