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Archdiocesan clergymen gather, priestly milestones honoured


Fr Ted Hewitt, Fr Francisco Mascarenhas, Fr Kenneth D’Souza, Fr Philip Perreau, and Fr Joseph Rathnaraj gratefully accept their jubilee plaques at the annual clergy gathering on 22 September. Photo: Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

Dozens of priests, deacons and seminarians convened for the annual clergy Mass on Tuesday 22 September 2020.

The evening’s proceedings involved a social dinner, giving the Archdiocese of Perth’s ensemble the opportunity to catch-up after what has been the most disruptive calendar year in recent memory.


The annual clergy gathering was held at 450 Hay St on Tuesday 22 September 2020. Photo: Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

In attendance for the event were young men on the journey towards priesthood; those of St Charles’ Seminary in Guildford and of Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Morley.


As per tradition, numerous priests, deacons and seminarians assembled on the evening of 22 September for Mass and dinner. Photo: Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB presented several clergymen with plaques to memorialise landmark anniversaries of their priestly ordination; these include:

Golden Anniversary (50 years):

  • Fr Alfonsas Savickis
  • Fr Joseph Rathnaraj
  • Fr Sebastian Fernando
  • Fr Ted Hewitt


Father Francisco Mascarenhas, Woodvale Parish Priest from January 2012 until December 2018, receives his Ruby Anniversary commemoration from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB on 22 September. Photo: Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

Ruby Anniversary (40 years):

  • Fr Francisco Mascarenhas

Silver Anniversary (25 years):

  • Fr Huynh Nguyen
  • Fr Kenneth D’Souza
  • Fr Paul Manickathan SAC
  • Fr Philip Perreau

Platinum Anniversary (20 years):

  • Fr Eugenio Zurias
  • Fr Francis Nguyen
  • Fr Francis Sundarajan
  • Fr James D’Souza
  • Fr Kim Son Nguyen
  • Fr Melvin Llabanes
  • Fr Phong Nguyen

Tin Anniversary (10 years):

  • Fr Benny Calanza
  • Fr Rodrigo Tomala