Cathedral Priests

FR Conor Celebrates All Souls Mass 2016

Rev Fr Conor Steadman

Father Conor Steadman was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1982, the eldest of three children of Liam Brian and Mary Geraldine Steadman. His family emigrated to Perth towards the end of 1985. He was educated at St. Simon Peter Catholic Primary School and Prendiville Catholic College, both in Ocean Reef. Following secondary school, he enrolled at the University of Western Australia, Crawley, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours).

After working for a few years in full time dental practice, Father Steadman, entered began his studies for the priesthood at St. Charles Seminary, Guildford. In July 2011, he was sent to complete his theological studies at the Pontifical North American College, Rome. There he completed a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 2014 and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 2016, both at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). He was ordained as a deacon in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, by the Archbishop of Washington, Donald Cardinal Wuerl on 2 October 2014, and then as a priest in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Perth, by the Archbishop of Perth, Timothy Costelloe SDB on 1 August 2015.

Father Steadman was appointed as an assistant priest at the Cathedral in July 2016.

Contact Rev Fr Conor Steadman
Mailing25 Victoria Ave, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Phone08 9223 1350

Rev Fr CJ Millen

Fr Carmine-John Millen (known as Fr C.J) was born in Kalgoorlie and grew up in several country towns of Meekatharra, Newdegate & Brunswick Junction due to his father’s work as a primary school teacher and principal. Faith of weekend Masses and prayers has been an integral part of his family life. He has three siblings that consists of an elder brother and sister who are both married with children and younger sister.

Prior to starting secondary education (year 8) at St Norbert College in Queens Park his family moved back to Perth. Following secondary graduation he completed a Diploma in Computer Engineering at TAFE and Education Degree at Edith Cowan University. At the same time he worked in many jobs of electronics, telecommunication, Kmart as supervisor, a swimming instructor, in the bank and various others jobs. In spite all this success and experiences, deep down he felt something was missing. With the help and guidance of family, friends, priests, religious and laity, he decided to test a calling to the priesthood. During this time he lived at St Charles Seminary in Guildford, where he completed part of his studies and the other half at Notre Dame University in Fremantle.

He was ordained a Deacon in November 2013 at South Perth and appointed to Mary Mackillop Church Ballajura, where he experienced and learnt a lot. He was ordained a priest in March 2015, and has been appointed to several parishes and schools within the Archdiocese of Perth that include Ballajura, Greenwood, Lockridge and now St Mary’s Cathedral Perth.

Contact Rev Fr CJ Millen
Mailing25 Victoria Ave, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Phone08 9223 1350

Rev Fr Garner Vergara Jr

Fr. Garner Vergara Jr was born in Cebu, Central Philippines on 13 September 1989, the third of four children of Garner Vergara Sr. and Josephine Librinca. He arrived in Perth in April 2008. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle and at St. Charles Seminary, Guildford. Fr. Garner was studying nursing for a couple of years before joining the seminary.

He graduated with a degree in Theology at Notre Dame in July 2014 and was ordained to the priesthood by His Grace Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB on 15 August 2015. His first appointment as a priest was in Kalgoorlie and stayed there for a year before serving Bateman Parish for two and a half years. Fr. Vergara was appointed as an assistant priest at the Cathedral on 24 January 2019.

Contact Rev Fr Garner Vergara
Mailing25 Victoria Ave, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Phone08 9223 1350