Parish Administration

Parish Clergy

  • Fr Thomas Chirackal MST – Parish Priest
  • Fr Anthony Coloma – Assistant Priest

Singleton Parish Pastoral Council members

  • Niamh Marzol
  • Chris King
  • Christina Metlikovec
  • Maureen March
  • Helen Rapp

Branxton Finance Council members

  • Alan Humphreys
  • Ernie Bendeich
  • Gail Jacobs
  • John Partridge
  • Joy Clarke

Parish Office

  • Mrs Erica Janssen – Parish Secretary
  • Parish Office open Tuesday to Friday – 9am to 3pm.

Singleton Finance Council members

  • John Flannery
  • Braham Tindale
  • Maree Hall
  • Felicity Pearce
  • Daniel Brooker

Branxton Parish Pastoral Council members

  • Craig Trunk
  • Stephanie Trunk
  • Lydia Gorczyca
  • Kellie Heggart
  • Sallyanne Stanbridge
  • Amie Harry

Fr Thomas Chirackal MST.

Parish Priest

Fr Thomas is from Kerala state in India. He belongs to The missionary society of St Thomas the Apostle (MST). He was ordained as a priest on 2 January 1981. After ordination he worked as a missionary in various dioceses in different parts of India. He then went to work in Kigoma diocese in Tanzania for 9 years. After returning to India in 2002, he served as the regional director of Alphonsa region of MST, President of Sangli Mission Society and Episcopal Vicar in the diocese of Kalyan. Later he was elected councillor of the Society.

At the invitation of Bishop Bill Wright, he came to serve in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in 2015. Before becoming the Parish Priest of Singleton and Branxton in 2018, he served in Blackbutt North and Wallsend-Shortland parishes as Assistant Priest. He also serves the Diocese as member of the Council of Priests and College of Consulters/Trustees.

Fr Anthony Coloma

Assistant Priest

Fr Anthony is from Makati City, Philippines. He was ordained for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle on 16 February 2019. Prior to moving to Australia, he worked with the BPI Leasing Corporation from 1998 to 2001. He joined the Society of Jesus-Philippine Province in 2002. As a Jesuit, he taught Economics and Psychology in Xavier School, San Juan City, formed part of the faculty for Christian Living in Erda Tech, Manila and served as consultant for Ignatian Spirituality for the Office of Mission, Identity and Organizational Development at the Ateneo de Manila University. After leaving the Society of Jesus in 2013, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines employed him as Advocacy and Information Management Officer and he con-currently served as Executive Secretary for the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations in the Philippines.

In 2017, he moved to the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle as a Religious Assistant at the Inner City Parish of Newcastle. Bishop Bill ordained him to the order of deacon in June 2018. He is now serving in the Parishes Branxton-Greta and Singleton as Assistant Priest. And, he is writing his thesis for his Master’s Degree in Theology from the Catholic Institute of Sydney.

Pope Francis

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Bishop Bill Wright

Bishop Bill Wright was nominated as Bishop of Maitland on 4 April 2011 and ordained and installed in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, on 15 June 2011. He is a member of the Australian Bishops’ Commissions for Church Ministry and for Ecumenical and Inter-faith Relations, co-chair of the National Committee for Professional Standards, a member of the Truth Justice and Healing Council and the NSW Bishops’ delegate on the NSW Professional Standards Liaison Panel. He is the eighth Bishop of the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.