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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


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 has been a priest of the Melbourne diocese for over 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


Gerard Lewis

Gerard is a retired Principal and educationalist who has a passion for working with people to reach their full potential. Most of his work in education has been helping disadvantaged children achieve success, and he has recently relocated to the mid-north coast of NSW.

Parish: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Nambucca Heads


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

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