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Surfers Paradise Catholic Parish

Dear Friend,

As Pastor of Surfers Paradise Catholic Parish, I welcome you to our Parish website. If you are searching for a spirit-filled community to call home we hope you will visit our Parish. We have three vibrant Church communities that cover a wide area and are among the five largest Parishes in Australia. Within the Parish there are three large Catholic schools, a hospital and seven nursing homes.

Our Parish is located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Queensland. We are a Roman Catholic community that challenges itself to be a family of hospitality and life-giving worship, and one that hears the Word of God and takes that Word out into the world.

What kind of parish is Surfers Paradise Parish? Living in one of the holiday capitals of Australia, I learned the importance of offering a spirit of hospitality and welcome to every person by giving dignity and respect to everyone we meet. I learned to approach ministry with a pastoral sensitivity, bringing in people no matter where they are in their lives and lovingly walking with them to a more abundant life in the Lord. I have come to discover that liturgy, celebrated well, is important to the life of the Parish family. I hope that you will find these principles alive when you visit us.

I have had the honour of being the Pastor of Surfers Paradise Parish since 2017. During this time, I have worked with Father Paul Kelly as Associate Pastor, as well as a gifted and generous administrative and pastoral team. Over that time there have been particular areas that we find are important to do well as a Christian Community. These areas include: good liturgy, hospitality, stewardship, formation, and social justice.

Ours is a Parish that is dedicated to the vision of the Second Vatican Council. What does that mean? Come and see. Please accept our invitation to join us at the table of the Lord. We look forward to meeting you and including you in our Parish community.

Fr. Peter Dillon

Parish Priest

About the staff

Our staff are based out of the Parish Office in Clear Island Waters. Click through to meet the Pastoral and Parish staff.

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