Rev Tadeusz Seremet SDS PP
Fr Tadeusz was born in Poland close to the city of Krakow where St John Paul II studied and lived, and finished his education there. He then joined the Salvatorians (SDS) and was ordained in 1994.
The same year Fr Tadeusz arrived in Perth where he joined the Salvatorian community. Arriving in Australia he studied English for a few months and then worked for two years in Carnarvon-Exmouth parish followed by four years in Perth Parish.
He then moved to the east coast and spent eight years in the Pymble Parish and ten years in the Gosford Parish. From February 2019 to December 2019 he worked in Carlton Parish and is present in our Parish Community Today.
He was appointed to care the St Luke’s Parish, under the Society of the Divine Saviour, on the 29th of March 2020, on a Ten Year Term.
“I’m looking forward to working with you at St Luke’s. I would like to ask that you keep me in your prayers as I promise to pray for you.”
The Society of the Divine Saviour (SDS) is commonly known as Salvatorians. We are an international community founded in Rome in 1881 by a German priest Fr Francis Jordan. Salvatorians are working in about 50 countries worldwide; in Western Australia since 1961, in NSW in Broken Bay Diocese since 2001, in Victoria since 2017 and in 2019 in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
The history of the Salvatorians in Australia began in 1961. A few years earlier the Archbishop of Perth, Redmond Prendiville, sent a letter of invitation to the head of our Society in Rome, Fr Bonaventura Schweizer. Replying to the invitation Fr Schweizer sent the first Savatorian, Fr Paul Keyte to Australia in 1961. Fr Paul was asked to take pastoral care of the new parish of Bellevue. The beginnings were difficult. The parish community life centered around the local catholic school, as there was no church, and no parish house or office facilities. In the following years a few more Salvatorians from the British Province joined Fr Paul.
In 1966 the new St Anthony’s Church, together with the accommodation for priests and the parish centre were opened in Bellevue. The parish of St Anthony was the only Salvatorian centre in Australia until the year 1982, when Fr Aloysius McDonagh became the Parish Priest of Esperance, in the diocese of Bunbury. In the late 70’s, prompted by the shortage in numbers, the British Province of the Salvatorians seriously considered passing on their ministry in Australia to the vibrant Polish Province.
During the transition period (1979-1987) four Polish Salvatorians worked together with the British Province Salvatorians (who were mostly Irish). Over all there had been six Salvatorian priests and one brother from the British Province who worked in Australia in 1961-1987.
In 1987 the Polish Province of Salvatorians officially took over from the British Province. This decision created a need for new people who would continue the ministry undertaken by the Salvatorians from the British Province. As a result, three volunteers from the Polish Province arrived in Perth in 1988. Since then, almost every year, we have been getting “new blood” from Poland.
At present, there are over twenty Polish Salvatorians sharing their lives and ministry in Australia.
You can find out more about the Salvatorians HERE.