Richard Curtain (Chairperson)

Richard is an academic researcher working on public policy related to Australia’s engagement with the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

Parish: St Carthage, Parkville


Therese D’Orsa

Therese is an academic working with BBI-TAITE researching and publishing in the areas of leadership, missiology and education.  Currently working on re-contextualisation and mission. 

Parish: St. Joseph’s, Warragul

Rowan Ireland

Rowan is a researcher on religion and politics in Latin America, especially Brazil. He is presently working on a book based on his experience over many years in residents' associations in Brazilian favelas.

Parish: St Francis Xavier, Montmorency

Gerard McKernan

Gerard was a priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 50 years, serving in nine parishes. Gerard believes strongly in the supreme importance of the sacrament of baptism.

Parish: Former parish priest, St Kevin’s Lower Templestowe for 11 years


Anne Marmion

Anne worked in nursing, teaching and psychology, and is now doing voluntary work in her parish, participating in a number of parish groups. Currently, studying Spiritual Direction at Heart of Life.  

Parish: St Thomas the Apostle 


Nalis Miranda

Nalis is a Consultant Finance and Quality Manager in the telecommunications sector. Nalis is currently a member of parish pastoral council, participating in several parish initiatives.

Parish: St Joseph’s Malvern 


Peter Sheehan

Peter has been a lay member of St Kevin’s since 1973 and active in other Church affairs. As an economist he works primarily on issues of global health, climate change and inequality.

Parish: St Kevin’s Lower Templestowe