Liturgical Commission

45. For the same reason every diocese is to have a commission on the sacred liturgy under the direction of the bishop, for promoting the liturgical apostolate...

Sacrosanctum Concilium (1963)

The Liturgical Commission exists to assist the Archbishop in his role as promoter, moderator and guardian of the worship life of the Archdiocese and to help in fostering the liturgical life of the People of God in the Archdiocese of Sydney so that they can enter more deeply into the mystery of Christ. Membership is by appointment of the Archbishop and is generally for the term of 3 years.

Mr Anthony Cleary

was appointed to the commission by Cardinal Pell in 2005. He is Director of Religious Education and Evangelisation for the Sydney CEO. Previously, he was Director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, coordinating the work of some 2,000 catechists in their religious instruction of 30,000 Catholic students attending Public schools.

In addition to his teaching qualifications Anthony holds a Masters in Religious Education, a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Theological Studies. He is involved in a number of liturgical ministries in several parishes within the Archdiocese.

Sr Moira Debono RSM

was appointed to the commission by Cardinal Pell in 2010. She is a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, USA. She is a lecturer in the School of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, Australia. Sr Moira studied in Rome at the Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo (STB, STL with a specialty in sacraments) and at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Lateran University-Rome (STD).

Before coming to Australia in 2008, Sister Moira taught at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, Colorado and at the University of Portland, Oregon. While in Denver she was also Director of the Office of Liturgy for the Archdiocese.

Fr Paul Hilder

is the Chair of the Archdiocese Liturgy Commission and is the Dean of St Mary's Cathedral.

Mrs Maureen Hynes

was appointed to the commission by Cardinal Pell in 2003.  She is a parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Sefton where at present she is Liturgy & Music Coordinator. Maureen co-coordinates the Parish Sacramental programmes at Sefton, and also Smithfield Parish, having previously worked in the areas of RCIA and Children’s Liturgy.

Maureen has a background in teaching both at Secondary level and as an Accredited Private Piano Teacher.  In addition to teaching qualifications she holds an MA in Theology from the Australian Catholic University, and Certificates IV in both Pastoral Liturgy & Parish Ministry from the Catholic Institute of Sydney.  She holds Licentiate Diplomas from Trinity College London, in piano teaching and performing.

Mr Francois Kunc SC

was appointed to the commission by Cardinal Pell in 2003. He is a Sydney barrister who is musically trained and has for many years been a cantor and reader at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Francois is a former Secretary of the St. Thomas More Society and has served as Chairman of the Society's Liturgical Committee which organises several liturgies annually including the Red Mass. He has considerable experience as both a director and advisor to national and local not-for-profit cultural organisations.

Francois is married to Felicity and they have two school age children Anna and Thomas.

Fr Danai Penollar

was appointed to the commission by Cardinal Pell in 2010. Ordained in 2007, he has been a part of the Catholic Parishes Sydney Harbour North since Dec 2006. Fr Danai was appointed as organiser of the Vocation Expo in the lead up to and during WYD08.

In 2009 he was appointed as Assistant Master of Ceremonies for the Archdiocese of Sydney and has served for some time in the Guild of St Stephen as the Sydney Convenor.

Fr Don Richardson

Appointed Director in 2010. Fr Richardson was ordained in 1992 after studies at St Patrick’s College, Manly. He has served as Assistant Priest in the parishes of Mount Pritchard, Menai and the Cathedral, and also served for some time as Pastoral Director of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Archdiocesan Master of Ceremonies and Parish Priest of Dulwich Hill, and was twice Acting Director of the Liturgy Office.

Fr Don studied at the Liturgical Institute at the University of St Mary of the Lake, Mundelein in 2009/10. He is presently also Parish priest of Woollahra.

Harry Stephens

was appointed to the commission by Cardinal Pell in 2010. A parishioner in the parish of St Joan of Arc Haberfield since 1972, he has served at the altar for some 60 years - institued Acolyte in 1982. He became a Catechist in 2005 and serves as the Parish Coordinator. In 2010 Harry was appointed to the National Liturgical Architecture & Art Board where he serves as Secretary.

Professionally semi-retired, Harry continues to consult in the area of Sacred Architecture . He founded the first Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree program offered in Australia at UNSW dedicated to the principle that architecture has the potential to be the most meaningful art in human experience.

Harry is married to Tanya and they have four adult children.

Top of Page