from Melbourne. He was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka 44 years ago and migrated to Australia with his family when he was 15 years old. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering and worked as a Research
Assistant and tutor at Monash University for four years before entering a seminary. He completed the last four years of his studies in Rome and was ordained a priest in 2009 in Melbourne.
Raymond de Souza, KM is Brazilian by birth, Catholic by grace and American by choice. He is the Special Missions Coordinator for Human Life International and regularly travels to countries in all continents to represent HLI to refute the culture of death and promote the Gospel of Life.
He is also the President of the Sacred Heart Institute in the United States; EWTN program Host; Knight of Magistral Grace of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Coordinator of the Blessed Karl von Habsburg Catholic Knights’ Network.
Raymond has distinguished himself as an international Catholic Pro-Life activist, Apologist, author and broadcaster. Fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and also having conversational ability in Italian and Afrikaans, he has given over 2,500 talks on issues of Pro-Life, Catholic Apologetics and related topics, in person, on radio and television. His work has assisted religious education programs at parishes, schools, and lay organizations in 15 countries of five continents. He has a syndicated weekly column on Catholic Apologetics in the national Catholic newspaper, the Wanderer.
“An exemplary Catholic, husband, and father of a family. … [Raymond] Has given major time to make the faith better known … by supporting diocesan projects and organising courses on apologetics, radio programmes and publications. He has presented Catholic belief, upheld the authority of Pope and Bishops and the Church’s moral teaching.”
Father Brian has spent a large part of his priestly life in Education. He is a former Rector of Pompallier College in Whangarei and past rector of Saint Patricks college, Wellington. He is currently the Chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy in Upper Hutt and is renowned for his thought provoking and instructive sermons.
Most Rev Julian Porteous BTheol DD VG was born in Sydney on 5th June 1949 and baptised in Rose Bay Parish. Bishop Porteous is the eldest of five children, having two brothers and two sisters.
Bishop Porteous has been actively involved in evangelisation, particularly among young people. He organised a number of evangelisation rallies – Jesus Christ at Manly Oval (1983), Jesus Christ at Belmore Oval (1984) – to reach out to young Catholics. He was instrumental in establishing the Pastoral Training School (now called “Summer School”), which, since 1984, has formed thousands of young Catholics in their Catholic faith and in the pastoral skills necessary to contribute to the Church’s evangelising ministry. He has been an advocate of the New Evangelisation called for by Pope John Paul II and has organised two colloquiums on the New Evangelisation and, in 2009, organised a Congress on the New Evangelisation (SCENE).
The bishop was involved with the early development of the Disciples of Jesus Community and continues to have association with a number of ecclesial movements.
Bishop Porteous was appointed Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Sydney, in January 2002 and served in this role until the end of 2008.
Pope John Paul II named him Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney in July 2003 and he was ordained by Cardinal George Pell at St Mary’s Cathedral on 3 September 2003. He has been assigned the titular See of Urusi, which is in modern-day Tunisia.
Bishop Porteous chose as his motto, “Gratia et Veritas” – “Grace and Truth”. St John describes the Lord as bringing “grace and truth” (John 1:17). Grace is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing about the grace of conversion and the nurturing of faith. Truth is also the gift of the “Spirit of Truth” (John 14:17) who enlightens the mind. The Holy Spirit is the agent of the work of God in us – bringing us to faith and then transforming our minds and leading us “into all truth” (John 16:13).
Bishop Porteous has published a number of books including, “St Brendan’s, a Journey: The Story of an Australian Catholic Parish 1898 – 1998” (1997); “The New Evangelisation, Developing Evangelical Preaching” (2008); “After the Heart of God: the Life and Ministry of Priests at the Beginning of the Third Millennium” (2009). “A New Wine & Fresh Skins: Ecclesial Movements in the Church” (2010). Streams of Grace: Spiritual Movements that Shaped the Church (2011).
His recreational interests are bush walking, swimming, tennis, and following the Wallabies.