Father Paul Kelly says he wants to focus more on Maryborough and the surrounding areas of Tiaro and Aramara.
Father Paul Kelly says he wants to focus more on Maryborough and the surrounding areas of Tiaro and Aramara.

Priest hands job over

MARYBOROUGH’S Catholic priest Father Paul Kelly has quit as administrator of Childers, Gin Gin, Woodgate, Mt Perry and Biggenden after almost five years in the job.

“I now hope to focus more on Maryborough, which includes Tiaro and Aramara,” Father Kelly said yesterday.

“I stepped down because I felt I’d gone as far as I could with the complex arrangement of administrating that district.”

Last night the popular priest celebrated his time running the district with more than 30 parishioners at the Isis Club in Childers.

“I have the greatest respect and admiration for these communities and it has been an honour to be the administrator for this time,” he said.

Administrator is the name the church gives a parish priest who is in charge of a parish when he is already parish priest somewhere else. The administrator has all the same rights and duties as a parish priest.

Fr Emmanuel Sebastian, who has been the priest-in-residence in the parish for the past four-and-a-half years, is now the administrator.

“I wish Fr Emmanuel and the parish all the best and I will continue to keep the communities in my prayers and thoughts,” Fr Kelly said.



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