Priest reaches out
WORKING with the community is one passion of the Mossman-Port Douglas Catholic Parish’s new priest Karel Duivenvoorden.
A priest for almost 30 years, Father Duivenvoorden grew up in Brisbane and studied social planning and community development at university.
He has served as a priest all over Queensland and also spent several years working with the Queensland Government in community and multicultural affairs.
Father Duivenvoorden has most recently spent more than two years in Tully helping the community rebuild after Cyclone Yasi.
‘‘My job there was to work with the community in rebuilding itself and looking toward the future with a sense of hope rather than a sense of tragedy,’’ he said.
‘‘The Bishop thought it would be good for me to come to Mossman and work closely with the community, to help build on its strengths of a long and proud history, and also work closely with the school - a key enterprise of the parish.
‘‘I will also be doing some diocese work in the area of welfare.’’
Father Duivenvoorden said his experience in community development gave him a deep insight into how to better relate with God and each other.
‘‘I have a deep love for the church and for people who want to do something for their faith and a commitment to tough it out with people in hard times,’’ he said.
‘‘I look forward to meeting people in the region and engaging with the community.
‘‘I enjoy working with other faiths, to work on commonality of faith traditions because we might have different practices but essentially we have the same core values.’’
The Catholic Parish holds services in Mossman 6.30pm Saturday, 7am Sunday and 9am in Port Douglas.
REACHING OUT: new priest Karel Duivenvoorden