Father Bob Harwood


I was born in Brisbane and grew up at Bracken Ridge. After school, I worked in Environmental Health until my call to ministry took me to Theological Studies and ministry in various parts of Queensland.

I was ordained a Catholic Priest in 2005 at St Mary’s in Ipswich and since then have served at Sacred Heart Booval (2006-2014); as Coordinator Priest Chaplains, Chaplain to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and associate pastor to the Cathedral and Kangaroo Point East Brisbane (2015-Sep 2016) and later as Priest in Charge of Kangaroo Point East Brisbane until starting at Redcliffe Parish in April, 2017.

As we look to the future I am encouraged by Pope Francis who said in The Joy of The Gospel, “The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community … The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelisers”

These words inspire my journey as a priest and I hope will be a mark of the life of the parish as we become a sign of the Joy of the Gospel.

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This, then, is what I pray, kneeling before the Father, from whom every family, whether spiritual or natural, takes its name…