Rev Fr Brian Leo Moloney
Parish Priest & Dean of the Central Coast
I was born in 1958 at St George Hospital, the first born of Leo & Beryl Moloney. I have two younger sisters, Pauline & Eileen who are 11 years apart. I have 5 nieces and nephews. In 1995 my parents moved from Hurstville to Charmhaven and my mother died April 2022 and we celebrated her requiem Mass here at The Entrance. My father is still living at Charmhaven and my sisters live at Bonnet Bay in the Sutherland Shore and at Sunshine on Lake Macquarie.
I started my education at St Raphael’s School, South Hurstville before taking a choral scholarship to St Marys Cathedral Choir and attending the adjacent school from year 4 to year 12.
After school I entered firstly St Columba’s Seminary at Springwood before going on to St Patricks seminary at Manly. I was Ordained a Deacon in December 1982 and was appointed to the parish of St Patricks Blacktown.
On the 20th of August 1983 I was Ordained a Priest for the Archdiocese of Sydney and was appointed as Assistant Priest at Sacred Heart parish Mona Vale for the next 4 years. In 1986 the Diocese of Broken Bay and Parramatta were newly formed, and I became a foundation member of the clergy of Broken Bay.
During my time as a priest, I have been asked many times to move “for the sake of the mission of the church” and conscious of my promise of “respect and obedience” to my Bishop I have said yes to these requests.
The following are my list of Appointments in the diocese of Broken Bay:
• Assistant Priest Sacred Heart Mona Vale 1983-1987.
• Assistant Priest St John the Baptist Woy Woy 1987-1989.
• Parish Priest St John the Baptist Harbord 1989-1990.
• Administrator Corpus Christi Cathedral St Ives 1990-1994.
• Parish Priest Our Lady of Perpetual Help Toukley 1994-2000.
• Parish Priest St Cecilia’s Wyong 2000-2003.
• Foundational Parish Priest St Mary Mackillop Warnervale 2003-2008.
• Parish Priest St Agatha’s Pennant Hills 2008-2013.
• Parish Priest of Lower North Shore 2017-2022
• Parish Priest Our Lady of the Rosary The Entrance 2022.
From 2013 to the end of 2015, I was appointed by the Australian Bishops Conference as the National Director of Clergy Life and Ministry. This was a role supporting the life and wellbeing of the clergy throughout our nation. This was a very enriching experience.
Music has always played an important part of my life from the 9 years I spent in the St Marys Cathedral Choir to my time as a member of the Sydney Philharmonia Chorus. Another interest for me is trains and I possess a N Gauge model train set.
For the last 9 years I have had a unit at Little Beach in Nelson Bay, and I enjoy spending as much time up at Port Stephens as possible. I have never been very sporting but I am enjoying most mornings going for a walk in the parish either by the Lake or by the ocean.