Fr Richard Waddell
The Reverend Richard Waddell, JCL, was born and educated in Sydney. He studied theology at Trinity College, Melbourne, and was ordained to the ministry of the Anglican Church in 1983, subsequently serving in the dioceses of Newcastle, Wangaratta, and Melbourne. Between 1991 and 2013, he worked as a lawyer in Melbourne. In 2013, he was ordained a Catholic priest and went to Rome for three years where he completed a Licence in Canon Law. After his return to Australia in 2016, he served in the Archdiocese of Sydney in the parishes of Five Dock and Newtown. On 16 January 2020, he was appointed Administrator of the Parishes of Balmain and Rozelle. Fr Richard is a Defender of the Bond for the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Sydney and, on 20 February 2020, he was appointed Promotor of Justice in the Tribunal of Diocesan Inquiry in the Cause of the Servant of God Eileen O’Connor.
Bishop in Residence
Bishop Terence Brady
Most Rev Terence John Gerard Brady was born on 19 April 1947 in Rose Bay and was baptised in the parish church of St Mary Magdalene. His family later moved and became regular parishioners at St Joseph’s, Oatley.
After attending St Declan’s Penshurst he undertook secondary schooling at De La Salle Cronulla. A short time in the workforce preceded eight years as a religious brother with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. Bishop Brady then worked as a social worker with South Sydney Council before commencing his studies for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Manly. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Sydney on 20 August 1983 by Archbishop (now Cardinal) Edward Clancy.
Bishop Brady served as Assistant Priest in the parishes of Liverpool, Strathfield and finally Kingsgrove, where he was appointed Parish Priest in 1993. Since January 2004 he has been Parish Priest of Sydney Harbour North, comprising the partnered parishes of Clifton Gardens, Mosman and Neutral Bay.
He has maintained a strong commitment to social justice through a long connection with the St Vincent de Paul Society, especially serving the homeless through the Matthew Talbot Hostel, and for the last seven years as the Director of Catholic Mission for the Archdiocese.
Bishop Brady was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Sydney on 16 November 2007. As an auxiliary bishop, he has been assigned the titular episcopal see of Talattula, an ancient North African diocese in what is now Tunisia.
In May 2012 the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference elected Bishop Brady to chair the restructured Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life which will be responsible for defending the rights of migrants and refugees, the pastoral care of prisoners, prison chaplains and people with disabilities.