Stella Maris Catholic Parish
Parish office address:
Street: 2-10 Church Street, Maroochydore, QLD, Australia
Postal: PO Box 449, Maroochydore, QLD, Australia
Office hours: Monday to Friday 830AM - 130PM
Fr Peter Brannelly
Peter Brannelly was raised on the Southside of Brisbane, the first born son of Kevin & Betty Brannelly, older brother of Jo-Anne, Louise and John. He was educated at the parish schools of St Joseph’s, Kangaroo Point, St Elizabeth’s, Ekibin and St Bernard’s Upper Mt Gravatt before going on to complete his primary and then secondary education at Clairvaux College.
After completing his senior year, Peter worked briefly in the bank before entering Pius XII Provincial Seminary at Banyo in 1981 to commence his studies for the priesthood. On 10 February 1989, Peter was ordained a priest by Archbishop Francis Rush at St Bernard’s Church, Upper Mt Gravatt. Fr Peter’s first appointment was as Assistant Priest to St Edward the Confessor Parish at Daisy Hill, followed by Our Lady of Lourdes at Sunnybank. On completion of his term at Sunnybank, Fr Peter was appointed Administrator of St Francis Xavier Parish at Goodna in 1994 and Administrator of St William’s Parish at Grovely in 1995.
With Archbishop Bathersby’s support and blessing, Fr Peter volunteered to work in the mission Diocese of St John-Basseterre (Antigua) in the West Indies in 1995. For the next 11 years, he was pastor of the islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda and the people of the British Virgin Islands. During this time the new church of St William’s in the capital of Road Town was built.
On his return to the Brisbane Archdiocese in 2006, Fr Brannelly served briefly at Burleigh Heads before being appointed as the foundation Parish Priest of the Jubilee Parish with the responsibility of completing the process of amalgamating the historic city fringe parishes of Ashgrove, Bardon, Herston, Newmarket, Red Hill and Rosalie. After 11 years at Jubilee, Archbishop Coleridge appointed Fr Brannelly as Dean of the Cathedral of St Stephen in July 2017. Two years later, Fr Peter was appointed as the Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Caloundra, where he served for four years and celebrated the Parish's Golden Jubilee. In 2022, Fr Peter took up his new appointment as the Parish Priest of Stella Maris Catholic Parish.
Fr William Aupito Iuliano
Fr William Aupito Iuliano was born in New Zealand. Son to father Sio and mother Lupe, William learnt quickly the joys of family living being constantly surrounded by siblings and relatives.
William's two youngest sisters were born in Australia thereby completing the family with five children and two adults; four girls and one boy.
William began his school years in Victoria when he, and both his sisters, moved to Springvale in the South East Suburbs of Melbourne.
Two more girls joined the family making them seven altogether, Dad, Mum, William, and four sisters.
After high school, William joined NET Ministries Australia and journeyed to the North of Queensland for two years on local school teams.
From there he then joined a Discernment House in Brisbane and Canali House in the year 2014.
It was the very next year that William joined Holy Spirit Seminary Banyo as a student for Brisbane. There he learned a lot about himself as a man and potential priest.
His journey toward priesthood continued as he was ordained to the Order of DIaconate in the year 2020. Appointed to Gympie, William fell in love with the local community and enjoyed his ministry as a member of the Parish.
The next year saw his Ordination to the Priesthood and he stayed on as a clergyman in Gympie settling into life as a minister.
Life shifted suddenly when Fr William was invited to the Parish of Stella Maris Maroochydore as an Associate Pastor. He began his appointment in August 2022.
Life in Maroochydore has been nothing short of a blessing for William and he looks forward to many more years here with the local community.
Fr Isaac Falzon
Fr Isaac Falzon was born and has lived most of his life in Brisbane. His father Robert is a successful business owner and co-founder of menALIVE and his Mother Alicia is an experienced counsellor, family therapist, supervisor and group facilitator. Fr Isaac is the eldest of two brothers and one sister and he holds his family in high regard as they are an extremely important part of his life.
Before entering the Seminary, Fr Isaac completed a Cabinetmaking apprenticeship, worked in hospitality, sales, construction, and welding. He has also travelled overseas.
Fr Isaac was ordained into the priesthood by Archbishop Mark Coleridge on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul on 29 June 2023 at the Cathedral of St Stephen in Brisbane. Fr Isaac heard the call to become a priest while volunteering a year of his life with NET Ministries. He was searching for something greater and more meaningful in life and felt as though God was gently directing him towards discerning the priesthood at the Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland.
In November 2022 the Archbishop appointed Fr Isaac, then a deacon, to begin his pastoral ministry at Maroochydore where he will continue his ministry as a Priest following his ordination in June. He is looking forward to meeting and journeying with all the parishioners of the Stella Maris Catholic parish.
Fr Isaac is a fun, outgoing, and friendly character that likes prayer, keeping fit and, the Brisbane Broncos.
Deacon Micahel Khoury was first ordained to the Diaconate in South Africa. He is part of the Maronite Church but has his faculties with both the Maronites and Roman Rite.
Deacon Michael is a permanent Deacon who is married with a lovely family and children who have mostly moved on from home.
Deacon Michael can generally be seen leading our Baptisms over a weekend and even assisting at the altar in Maroochydore and Sippy Downs.
We're blessed to have Deacon Michael as part of the team as he brings deep faith and reflections on the scriptures. Be sure to catch his reflection in our Newsletters over the coming weeks.
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