New Vicar General for Diocese of Parramatta


Very Rev Christopher de Souza PP EV
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu

The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, has appointed Very Rev Christopher de Souza PP EV as the new Vicar General for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.

“Fr Christopher has generously accepted this appointment to replace our outgoing Vicar General, Bishop Robert McGuckin,” Bishop Anthony said.

“Father Peter Williams will also continue as a Vicar General.

“I congratulate Fr Christopher on his new appointment and look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.”

Serving God’s people in Western Sydney

Very Rev Christopher de Souza PP EV
Very Rev Christopher de Souza PP Vicar General for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.
Fr Chris’s appointment took effect from Monday 4 June.

“I was a bit surprised to be asked by Bishop Anthony to take on such an important ministry in our Diocese. I thank him for his trust and I ask for your prayers that God will give me the wisdom, courage and strength to serve His people in Western Sydney,” Fr Chris said.

“I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. May we together help build up the face of Christ the Good Shepherd through Word and sacrament in this place.”

Fr Chris was ordained in St Mary’s Cathedral on 20 August 1983 by the then Archbishop Edward Clancy and in September 1983 he was appointed Assistant Priest of St Matthew’s Parish, Windsor.

He has been a priest of the Diocese of Parramatta since its inception in 1986 and in December 1986 he was appointed Assistant Priest at St Nicholas of Myra Parish, Penrith. He was appointed Parish Priest on 15 January 2003. Fr Chris has also acted as Administrator of St Joseph’s Parish, Kingswood since February 2012.

Fr Chris has served as a member of the Personnel Board, the College of Consultors, the Trustees of the Diocese and the Council of Priests. He has also served as Vocations Director, Director of the House of Priestly Formation and Coordinating Chaplain for the Corrective Services Ministry.

In March 2011, Fr Chris was appointed Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation for the Diocese. He is also Vice Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary.

“Part of a living, breathing faith”

Fr Chris was interviewed for April 2008 Catholic Outlook, to celebrate his Silver Jubilee of Ordination to the Priesthood. The article is republished below

Fr Chris de Souza, parish priest at St Nicholas of Myra Parish, Penrith, will celebrate his silver jubilee on 20 August 2008. Fr Chris graduated from the Manly seminary in 1983 and numbers among his classmates Fr John McSweeney, parish priest at St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, and Fr Ian McGinnity, parish priest at Mary Immaculate Parish, Quakers Hill.

Fr Chris arrived in Australia with his Sri Lankan family as a child aged 10. His family traces its Catholicity back at least 400 years.

“For me, in becoming a priest I saw God directing me to being the best person I can be in this life,” he said.

During his 25 years as a priest, Fr Chris said the focus of his spirituality had moved.

“When I entered the seminary it was to help people to understand their faith, yet now the reason I stay a priest is quite different,” he said.

Fr Chris said his studies in science and spirituality had drawn him ever deeper into the mysteries in creation.

“There’s a duality in creation that fascinates me. At the heart of Christian spirituality is this duality of Christ, wherein the infinite and finite meet, God and flesh as one.

“As a priest I’m aware that I’m a part of a living, breathing faith. Inside every person I sense their ’becoming’ more spiritual. As a priest, it’s a joy to be involved in this awakening.”


Penrith Press article

Listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit

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