Our current Parish Priest is Fr Vince Casey.
Fr Vince grew up in Eastwood and was ordained in 1982 for Sydney Archdiocese. He joined Broken Bay Diocese when it was formed in 1986.
Vince has lived and worked in the parishes of Davidson, Carlingford, Pennant Hills, Chatswood, Waitara, Kincumber, Berowra, The Lakes and Warnervale. He has been Vicar General and Administrator of the Diocese and held many other diocesan positions.
Fr Vince also studied psychology for four years in Rome and was Director for Human Formation in the diocesan seminaries at Manly and Homebush.
Fr Vince Casey
Michaelite Fathers (Congregationis Sancti Michaelis Archangeli)
The Congregation of Saint Michael Archangel (Michaelite Fathers) was founded in Poland by Blessed Bronislaw Markiewicz. Headquartered in Warsaw, the Congregation now operates in a number of countries around the world including Argentina, Paraguay, Italy, Germany, Belarus, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Austria and Canada.
In Australia the Congregation has pastoral responsibility for parishes in the Archdiocese of Sydney (North Ryde) and the Diocese of Broken Bay (Terrigal). It also operates a Novitiate and House of Formation at North Ryde for the formation of Michaelite seminarians from the region.
In Papua New Guinea, the Congregation engages in missionary work in the Diocese of Wabag and in the Archdiocese of Mt Hagen. One member of the Congregation also works as Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea.
Our Founder- Fr Bronislaw Markiewicz
The Congregation was founded by Blessed Father Bronisław Markiewicz. He was born on 13th July 1842 in Pruchnik (south-eastern Poland), he was a priest of the Przemyśl Diocese, and was a revered churchman recognised for his spirit of sacrifice. He was also professor of the local Major Seminary. From the very beginning of his priestly life, he was particularly sensitive towards the religious, moral, and material negligence of children and youth and to the misery of simple people. He spoke strongly against the national vices of the Polish nation. In his opinion the solution of social problems depended upon the proper education of young people and on changing the moral climate of the whole society.
Following the divine voice, he went to Italy and became a follower of Saint John Bosco. After seven years, in 1892, he returned to Poland and was put in charge of the parish in Miejsce Piastowe (south-eastern Poland). In addition to his pastoral work, he provided a widespread educational system, which not only included academics but also dealt with the spiritual and physical growth of the children, in the houses established by him. He soon thought of founding a new religious congregation.
On 23rd September 1923, he petitioned the Bishop of Przemyśl and the Pope to allow him to found the Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel. In spite of intensive efforts on his part, Father Markiewicz did not live to witness its approval and died on 29th January 1912. On 29th September 1921, Adam Stefan Sapieha, Bishop of Krakow, issued the Erecting Decree of the Congregation. On 15th June 1966, the Congregation was affirmed under papal law.
The beatification of Blessed Father Markiewicz took place in Warsaw on June 19, 2005.
Click here for more information on Father Bronisław Markiewicz.
Patron Saint Michael the Archangel
The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" /Mi-cha-el/ Michael, God’s champion was the leader of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against Satan and his followers. /Rv 12:7-12/ Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief princes, and defender of God’s people /Dn 10:12-21; 12:1/ and leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell. He has been especially honoured and invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Apostles.
Act of Consecration to Saint Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael, I consecrate to you my soul and body. I choose you as my patron and protector and entrust the salvation of my soul to your care. Be the guardian of my obligation as a child of God and of the Catholic Church as again I renounce Satan, his works and pomps. Assist me by your powerful intercession in the fulfillment of these sacred promises, so that imitating your courage and loyalty to God, and trusting in your kind help and protection, I may be victorious over the enemies of my soul and be united with God in heaven forever. Amen.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Our spirituality is expressed in two mottoes: "Któż jak Bóg" ("Who is like God") and "Powściągliwość i Praca" ("Temperance and Work"). The first motto is the call of St. Michael the Archangel. This is how our members express their admiration for the greatness, the goodness, and the love of God. They declare their willingness to adore him appropriately, and if necessary to defend that adoration.
Self-denial is the sign of the internal freedom of a man who can subdue his natural human inclinations and confusion so that he can live humbly in order to have more freedom to serve the Lord through love. Together with self-denial there is the work of the soul, the mind and the body. By this self-denial and work the members of the Congregations are able to praise Lord and at the same time to fulfil themselves.
Coat of Arms
It displays a round coat divided into two fields. The colours yellow and red beautifully depict the spirit of the first defender of God’s glory, St. Michael. On the right there is a red sword of fire, the symbol of St. Michael, which expresses the first motto of our Congregation “Who is like God”. On the left, there are three ears of wheat and above them, Fleur de lis. The ears of wheat symbolize prosperity, richness, and prudence. The liturgy of the Mass expresses it in these words: ‘gift of bread which human hands have made to become for us the bread of life’.
Fleur de lis is an old symbol of royalty and nobility and is the symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For us it symbolizes purity and innocence that signify the second motto of our Congregation “Temperance and Work”.