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New Commander-in-Chief!



The Australian Province and Hong Kong Delegation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate have elected a new Provincial, Fr Leo Mifsud OMI.

Currently working as the Rector of St Mary’s Seminary in Mulgrave for the past two years, Fr. Mifsud will be officially installed as Australian Provincial in January 2013.

Born in Malta in 1955, second youngest of 7 siblings and migrating to Australia in 1962 at seven years of age, Fr Mifsud completed his secondary schooling at the Marist Brothers College in Auburn, New South Wales before going on to complete an motor mechanics apprenticeship while gaining a light aircraft pilot’s licence.

He entered the Oblates in 1976, and was ordained at Sefton on December 15 1981 along with former Oblate Provincial, Fr Vincent Ryan OMI. Fr. Mifsud’s first appointed as Assistant Priest at St Kieran’s in Moe, Victoria, then at St David’s in Tea Tree Gully, South Australia before being appointed as Parish Priest in Massey, New Zealand in 1989.

In 1993, Fr Mifsud was appointed to the formation staff at St Mary’s Seminary in Mulgrave for two years before being sent to a teaching position at Mazenod College in Victoria then to Iona College in Brisbane.

While at Iona College, Fr. Mifsud enlisted as a chaplain with the Australian Army Reserve. This led to a full time role with the Australian Regular Army in 1999.

In his role as Chaplain Fr. Mifsud was first deployed to Bougainville on a UN peace keeping mission ‘Operation Belisi’ where he saw in the year 2000. In 1994 he was deployed to East Timor the Infantry Battalion 5th/7th RAR. Other roles he fulfilled were chaplain to 5th/7th RAR and part time chaplain to 8th/12th Medium Regiment in Darwin. Advanced to the rank of Major he was given the responsibility as Cohort Chaplain to 1Brigade and then Cohort Chaplain to the Army Recruit Training Wing in Wagga Wagga where he taught & directed the Character Training Program before leaving the Army in 2006 to take up the role of Parish Priest at St Pius X in Dernancourt, South Australia.

Fr. Mifsud acknowledges the inspiration of those Oblates who have worked in the Australian Province over the last 110 years and especially those who have been directly involved his formation since childhood. He hopes that with the Lord’s help and the prayers of our Blessed Mother that the Province will continue to develop its mission to serve the poor at home and abroad after the example of St. Eugene de Mazenod.

For more information contact the Australian Oblate Provincial's Office on (03) 9805 8800 

Missionary Oblates of

Mary Immaculate

Province of Australia

Tuesday October 16th, 2012

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