Cathedral Priests

Fr Richard Rutkauskas

Contact Fr Richard Rutkauskas

Mailing   25 Victoria Ave, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Phone 08 9223 1350
Email richard.rutkauskas@perthcatholic.org.au

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 Fr CJ Millen
Mailing   25 Victoria Ave, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Phone 08 9223 1350
Email cj.millen@perthcatholic.org.au

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 Fr Garner Vergara
Mailing   25 Victoria Ave, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Phone 08 9223 1350
Email garner.vergara@perthcatholic.org.au