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 Israel Quirit

 

Imported from an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia officially known as The Republic of the Philippines which consists of about 7,107 islands in high tide and 7,640 islands when low tide, the name is Israel Quirit. I’m the youngest of four children and became an altar server at a tender age of twelve. Mum was the inspiration of my faith and soon after I became a member of the Legion of Mary. Growing up in a shanty town, life was difficult. It was by the grace of God that I was able to finish high school and was studying electrical engineering for six months before leaving home at fifteen to join a religious community in Cebu, the oldest city in the country. I was under formation for three years before being invited to study at St. Charles’ Seminary in Perth in 2008, but it was in 2013 that I discerned and decided to join the diocesan priesthood. After my priesthood ordination in 2015, I was an assistant priest at St. Andrew’s parish in Clarkson for two years and at St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop in Ballajura for a year. After which, I was assigned to be a priest in residence at St. Charles’ Seminary in Guildford in 2018 while waiting to finish my master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle. In 2021 I was appointed Vocations Director in the Archdiocese of Perth before getting an appointment to join the clergy team here at St. Mary’s Cathedral. I thank you for your warm welcome and I look forward to serving you all while growing and gaining experience in my ministry in the process. As a wise priest used to say, “bloom wherever you are planted!” I believe that with your prayers and support, together we can bloom from each other’s blessings.

Contact Fr Israel Quirit
Mailing   25 Victoria Ave, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Phone 08 9223 1350
Email israel.quirit@perthcatholic.org.au

Fr Richard Smith

It is my privilege to journey among you. It’s almost déjà vu as I began my Catholic ministry in the Cathedral in 2002/03 after my Diaconal Ordination on 12th October 2002.

I was born in Sydney, the eldest of two boys, and after working in Banking & Retail I answered the call to Priesthood and trained at St Michael’s House, Crafers SA, which was an Anglican Monastery and Seminary. I was ordained in Perth in 1977 and worked here for 2 years. I then returned to Adelaide before spending 8 years in The Diocese of Riverina (South Western NSW). 1986 saw Pam and I marry and in 1988 we returned to Perth working in Southern Cross, Kwinana and a couple other Anglican parishes.

Pam and I converted to the Catholic Faith in 1997. Archbishop Hickey was kind enough to take us on, which led to my Priestly Ordination 22nd March 2003. After my time at St Mary’s, I was Chaplain to RPH and Parish Priest of North Beach. Pam lost her battle with Cancer in May 2020, after which I had a few health issues but continued to exercise ministry within the Archdiocese. 2022 has happily seen my return to St Mary’s Cathedral. I am also very privileged to be the Chaplain to The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem for Westen Australia, a Papal Order of Chivalry.

Contact Fr Richard Smith
Mailing   25 Victoria Ave, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Phone 08 9223 1350
Email richard.smith@perthcatholic.org.au