Divine Word Missionaries are present in the Brisbane Archdiocese and the Rockhampton Diocese in Queensland, with the Diocese of Townsville soon to be added.
Most are actively involved in pastoral work, either in parishes or, for the retired members, in helping out with Masses, giving retreats, spiritual direction, mental health ministry, chaplaincy and prayer formation for adults. The Queensland parishes have strong multicultural communities and the new Rockhampton mission will also involve ministry to Aboriginal communities.
St Mark’s Parish Inala
Fr Bonefasius Buahendri SVD is the Parish Priest of St Mark's Parish, Inala. The Ministry at St Mark's includes a special vocus on the Vietnamese Catholic community. Aoubt 1700 parishioners worship at St Mark's each weekend. Of these, around 1000 are Vietnamese. The parish also has many Samoan, Filipino, Tongan, European and SOuth AMerican parishioners. Fr Joseph Vue SVD and Fr Ho Bach Tran SVD are assistant priests and chaplains to the Vietnamese Community.
St Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Kingston-Marsden
Fr Sunil Paul Nagothu SVD is parish priest of St Maximilian Kolbe parish, located in the growing Logan City area of Brisbane. Fr Xuan Long Nguyen SVD is assistant priest.
Logan is located in a low socio-economic area, with a lot of refugees, including people from African countries such as South Sudan, Nigeria and Burindi. The parishioners are predominantly of Pacific Island heritage, with a large representation from Samoa, as well as others from places like Fiji, Tonga and the Solomon Islands. Other cultural groups are also part of the parish community.
The multicultural parish is well known for wonderful singing and parish community events, and a youth group is growing in numbers.
Divine Word Missionary members are also working in the Rockhampton Diocese. Fr Truc Quoc Phan SVD has been appointed Parish Priest in the Parishes of Emerald, Springsure, Woorabinda and other surrounding communities. Fr Firminus Wiryono SVD is Assistant Priest.