Welcome to the Catholic Parish of St Anthony of Padua Austral

Welcome to the Catholic Community of St Anthony of Padua, Austral. Thank you for visiting our site.

I welcome all new parishioners to our community, as you make your home in the area and this community as your worshipping community.

I was born in Umudioka, a small town in a Southeastern state in Nigeria and studied for the priesthood around the same region. I was ordained to the priesthood in the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha Archdiocese, Nigeria on August 16, 2003.

After four years and ten months of priestly apostolate in the Archdiocese, I relocated to Australia as a missionary in the Archdiocese of Hobart, Tasmania in June 2008. My six-year apostolate in Tassie hovered around Launceston, Campbelltown, Bridport, Scottsdale and all the regions of East coast. In June 2014, I moved to Sydney and studied Masters in Educational Psychology at University of Sydney while also helping out as a priest-in-residence at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Meadowbank.

On completion of my studies, I was posted to St. Luke’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, Revesby in September 2016. Since 2019, I have worked at Austral (3 months), The Parishes of Sydney Harbour North (12 months) and with Catholic Military Ordinariate (7 months).

On this my second missionary journey to Austral, I look forward to working with you in building a community with practical Christianity. I envisage to grow with you in witnessing to the gospel through the Word of God and the Eucharist.

Kene Onwukwe



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    1. Parish COVID-19 News
    2.  Mass Schedule:

Saturday Vigil: 5pm 

Sunday: 7.30 am, 9.00 am and 5.00pm 

Seats are limited to 90 parishioners per Mass.  

Parishioners are asked to sanitise upon entering the Church and recording their names on the pad and take ‘a wipe” to wipe the seat where they were sitting at the end of Mass.

Parishioners are asked to be keeping “Social-distancing” both inside and outside the Church. Let us keep us all safe.

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