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    From the Principal

    Article by Mr Michael Exton

    Congratulations and best wishes Fr Michael Richardson 

    As you may be aware, Queenscliff Parish Priest, Fr Michael Richardson will be retiring soon.

    There will be a special Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Ocean Grove this Sunday 17th June 2018 at 10:00 am to celebrate his tremendous contribution to the Parish which covers Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and Queenscliff. 

    Fr Michael commenced as Parish Priest in 2002 and has faithfully served the southern Bellarine Peninsula community for the greater glory of Our Lord.  Prior to his Queenscliff Parish appointment, Fr Michael served as Parish Priest at Mansfield (St Francis Xavier) from 1996 to 2002.  Before then he provided twenty-two-years of dedicated service to Stella Maris Seafarer’s Centre in Melbourne. 

    During this time his service included Chaplaincy for the Melbourne Port and leadership as National Director of the Apostleship of the Sea in Australia.  The ‘Apostleship’ is the Church’s missionary work to Seafarers whether they be on a merchant, passenger, war or fishing vessels, and provides spiritual, social and material welfare to Seafarers regardless of colour, race or creed.1

     While at Queenscliff, Fr Michael has been one of our College’s Canonical Administrators.  He has been very supportive of our College’s development.  Fr Michael has celebrated many Masses for our students over the years and often attended significant College functions.

    On behalf of our Saint Ignatius College community, I extend our gratitude to Fr Michael and our best wishes to him for his retirement.

    Mr Michael Exton  Principal

    1.      Sutherland, I. (2018). Apostleship of the Sea - Catholic Church in Australia. [online] Available at: [Accessed 13 Jun. 2018].



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