Regional Council

The Missionary Society of St Columban Regional Director for Australia and New Zealand is assisted by a Vice Director and a Regional Council of three members, all of whom are elected for three year terms.

The current Regional Council officeholders for Australia and New Zealand are:

Rev Dr Patrick McInerney SSC

Vice Director - Rev Dr Patrick McInerney SSC

After ordination in 1978 Fr Patrick was assigned to Pakistan for over twenty years. He completed Arabic and Islamic studies in Rome, Italy in the mid-80s. He returned to Australia in 2000 and was assigned to the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations (CCCMR) Centre. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University and a member of various interfaith organisations.

  Fr Thomas Rouse SSC

Council Member - Fr Thomas Rouse SSC

Fr Thomas (Tom) Rouse was ordained to the Columban priesthood on 8 May 1976. Fr Rouse was appointed to Fiji in 1976, where he spent most of his missionary life. In 2014 he was appointed Mission Coordinator of St Columbans, Lower Hutt, in New Zealand.

  Council member - Fr Peter O'Neill

Council Member - Fr Peter O'Neill SSC

Fr Peter O’Neill is the Peace, Ecology and Justice Co-ordinator for the Australia/New Zealand Region.  He returned to Australia in 2017 year after working in Taiwan for 26 years with the poor and abused migrant workers.