Our Parish Team


Piotr Rzucidlo OFM

Assistant Priest
  • When were you ordained?
    I was ordained 13 May 1995, in Krawkow Poland. Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
  • When did you arrive in the parish?
    Fr Piotr first came to the parish in 2010
  • Family
    I grew up with strong Christian Values, where respect of others and respect of the church was valued.
  • Hopes for your time in this community
    To maintain a Christian focus and be faithful to the local culture, Catholic Church and to grow as one sacramental community.
  • My Strong Points
    I am a patient person who values the tradition of the Catholic Church and I believe that we must never cut our roots.
  • Why I like being a friar?
    Having worked in Papua New Guinea for over 10 years as a missionary I have come to see Australia as a mission land and all friars as missionaries who work with humility. I loved growing up in a Franciscan Secondary school, which formed me into the person I am today. For me Mission does not mean ‘converting’ people, but to be present to all people with what I value; values that inform who I am, who I am as a Franciscan and who I am as a member of the Catholic Church.

Francisco Jude Basnayake OFM

Assistant Priest
  • When were you ordained?
    23 January 2016 in Malaysia.
  • When did you arrive in the parish?
    I arrived on the 21 March 2018. When I arrived, I loved the traditional style of both church buildings. These spoke to me about the traditions that define who we are. I believe that traditions keep us grounded in our roots. The Catholic Tradition is one in which I feel very comfortable. The sacred role of the priest, as I see it, is to direct people to the Kingdom of God.
  • Family
    I grew up in a family of 13, with 9 sisters and 1 brother. Praying together as a family and as a community were a part of my life growing up in Malaysia. I loved that we sang and answered loudly and that we had a real understanding of Christ present in the worshiping community.
  • Hopes for your time in this community
    I want to bring Christ to everyone I encounter every day. I hope that we will be a community that expresses Christ in our goodness, in our friendship and in our lives with one another. St Paul calls us all, men and woman, evangelizers of the WORD. And that is what evangelization is about.
  • My Strong Points
    I enjoy praying with others and helping those who need my help, as St Francis of Assisi inspired me. Coming from a conservative culture I find great meaning in the traditional church devotions and I enjoy making the physical space of the church a mirror of the current sacrament and season.
  • Why I like being a friar?
    I am inspired by St Francis to keep on doing the will of God.

Paul Ghanem OFM

Parish Priest
  • When were you ordained?
    27 May 2000. I was ordained in the same church in which I made my First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation; St Joseph’s Belmore.
  • When did you arrive in the parish?
    I arrived in January 2008, a very long time ago!
  • Family
    I am fourth of five children born to Raymond and Yvette Ghanem. Mum and dad were born in Lebanon but wed and brought up the family here in Sydney.
  • Hopes for your time in this community
    That we be a compassionate people who derive great joy from living the Gospel. I also hope to provide the parish with an effective and functioning parish office which supports the pastoral and sacramental work of the community.
  • My Strong Points
    I hope that my pastoral care will overshadow my lack of administrative skills.
  • Why I like being a friar?
    The vows of poverty, chastity and obedience speak loudly to me. The hardest, by far, is obedience. I’m always asking the Lord “Is this where you want me to be?” instead of seeking to grow where I have been planted.

Ruth Rawlinson

Parish Manager
  • When did you become a Catholic?
    My mother was Anglican and my father was Catholic and while both considered themselves Christian neither was religious and they did not choose to have me baptized in either faith. I made the decision to be baptized in the Catholic Church as an adult at the age of 25.
  • When did you arrive in the Parish?
    I started working in this Parish on 3 December 2019. Prior to this role I worked for the Archdiocese in Parish Support and Development. In that role I helped parishes meet their statutory requirements and undertook the training of parish staff. I also worked in the office at Our Lady Of Fatima Peakhurst, which is my home parish.
  • Where has your career taken you?
    I worked for ten years in a corporate role as a business analyst for Fairfax Media and I also have experience as a management accountant. My educational path was rather more eclectic – I have an Arts Degrees with Honours majoring in Gender Studies.
  • Family
    I’m an only child, however I grew up with many pets as siblings! Growing up we had a dog called Dembe (a gorgeous golden lab) and many cats, all strays that my father took into our home and took care of. Till the day my father passed he was still caring for stray animals wherever he went.
  • Hopes for your time in this community
    I like to be of service to people. I want to support this community in a way that connects our people to the church and to each other and I believe very much in supporting the parishioners of the parish – it is the parishioners who “keep the lights on”. My personal aim for the coming year is to work with the Friars to develop a thorough and meaningful sacramental program for the children of this community.
  • My Strong Points
    I understand people and I understand spread sheets. I can multi task and the Lord has given me the ability to remember orders and procedures. I’m also blessed with an ability to find most things funny (sometimes it just takes me a little time).
  • Why I like working for the Church?
    To me the church is a large family of people, my family. I like the idea that we all brothers and sisters who are working through the complexities of being human together. I have always been a faith driven person – my faith in God has supported me in times of crisis and the Church has been of great support to me also.
  • Who is Mori-Cat?
    Call me and find out!