Priest reaches out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

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.

Pic­ture: KATE AGRUMS

REACH­ING OUT: new priest Karel Duivenvoorden

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