on Tuesday 14th July, Monsignor Peter Meneely, Vicar General, and Mrs Lisa Forbes, his Executive Officer, met at Birkdale with the priests, school principals, Pastoral Council members and Finance Council chairs from Birkdale and Alexandra Hills Capalaba parishes to discuss the future of the region.
Currently Manly and Birkdale are separate parishes sharing an Administrator and Associate Pastor, and Alexandra Hills - Capalaba is a single parish.
Monsignor Peter spoke of future pastoral planning needs, when there may not be the same number of clergy available for parish ministry, and where parish administration costs will need to be rationalised.
He then put forward a proposal that Manly maintain its status as a separate parish and Fr Emanuel Ayankudy become the Administrator of Birkdale Parish in addition to his role as Parish Priest of Alexandra Hills Capalaba. Fr Prem Kumar would continue as Associate Pastor of Birkdale and Chaplain to the Carmel.
The proposal at this stage is for a sharing of administration, not a formal amalgamation. The meeting discussed some of the pros and cons, and participants have been asked to provide written feedback to the Archbishop.
The next step will be for a small Working Group, including members from both parishes, to be established to consider the proposal, consult with parishioners, and provide advice to the Archbishop in due course. You can also talk either to our Parish Pastoral Council members or me about your thoughts and concerns.
Fr. Dantus Thottathil.