Fr Frank's Message


Good day,

My name is Frank and I am the local priest who is fortunate enough to be the pastor of St John Vianney's Catholic Parish in Manly.

On behalf of all the good people of our parish, I welcome you and thank you for visiting our website.

Our parish consists of a great bunch of people of many nationalities and all age groups. We have two beautiful churches, St John Vianney's situated on top of the hill at Manly with commanding views of magnificent Moreton Bay, overlooking the islands of St Helena, North Stradbroke and Moreton. The other church is a very intimate wooden church dedicated to St Jude amongst the gum trees in the village like suburb of Gumdale. You have to get up early with the magpies and butcher birds to attend Mass at Gumdale on Sundays at 7am. However the community at Gumdale will impress you with their welcome and deep spirituality.

Here at Manly we have a large crowd who attends our 5pm Mass on Saturday nights and our 9.30 am Mass on Sunday mornings are full of kids and music. You will be offered a good morning tea after mass in the tradition of true Manly hospitality. We would be blessed to have you visit us in either of our two churches and assure you of a genuine Catholic community centred on the presence of Jesus in the Mass and sacraments and in us His people. We would love to welcome you into our parish family where everyone is welcome and treated as Christ.

Our patron St John Vianney followed the love of Jesus in the Eucharist and His people with the words 'He is Here". We hope you will come to see and feel His Presence as we do and make Him loved especially amongst the poor.

Our parish is missionary in spirit and has a new mission outreach to East Timor, where we have a personal relationship with the poor.

Fr FrankI am relatively new to the parish, having arrived two years ago from being a missionary in Latin America. The people of Manly have become my family and have made me feel at home amongst them. They are full of fun and ready to lend a hand. I know you too will experience the same welcome and love at Manly and Gumdale.

God love you,

Fr Frank Jones


St John Vianney's Catholic Parish

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