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.

Cecilia

“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

Fr Galbert: ‘I fell more in love with Christ’ in the seminary

The Catholic Foundation Diocese of Parramatta supports works of Faith, Hope and Charity across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Our current appeal seeks to build support for the Holy Spirit Seminary. If you would like to help, please click here to make a donation today.   By Fr Galbert Albino, assistant priest, St Aidan’s Parish, Rooty Hill…

Seminarian David: ‘I’ve grown so much in the seminary’

The Catholic Foundation Diocese of Parramatta supports works of Faith, Hope and Charity across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Our current appeal seeks to build support for the Holy Spirit Seminary. If you would like to help, please click here to make a donation today.   By Seminarian David Sebastian, Holy Spirit Seminary I came to the…

Support our seminarians to become good shepherds

  The Catholic Foundation Diocese of Parramatta supports works of Faith, Hope and Charity across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Our current appeal seeks to build support for the Holy Spirit Seminary. If you would like to help, please click here to make a donation today.   “There will always be a need for Jesus…

Seminarian Alexander Kurkcu: ‘I always had this idea of priesthood’

  For many seven- and eight-year-olds, learning about God and Jesus through the Sacraments is a big undertaking. But for Alexander Kurkcu, this time was the catalyst for a life devoted to Christ. “During that time, when we were in primary school, it was the first time I met Fr Brian [Rooney, the late Pastor…

Seminarians Bring Community & Communion to the Sick

Meet Michael Axiak. He joined Holy Spirit Seminary in 2016 and has already hit the ground running, by means of serving the community, being installed as an acolyte and undergoing rigorous intellectual formation. Michael was born and bred in Westmead. His father is Maltese and his mother is Dutch. Like Tom, every Friday, Michael visits…

Seminarians Build Relationships Through Sign Language

Meet Matthew Dimian.  He joined Holy Spirit Seminary in 2014, and has wanted to be a priest for most his life. Every Friday, Matthew visits the Ephpheta Centre, which is a community for the hard of hearing and deaf. During his visits, he also learns Auslan, so that he can converse intimately with those who…