Rev Fr Eduardo de Pedro Orilla - currently on Sabbatical from January to April 2023
Born 28 July in the Province of Iloilo, Philippines
Baccalaureate in Theology - Urbaniana University, Rome, Italy
14 September 1989 - as a Deacon by Jose Cardinal Sanchez at Layforce Chapel, San Carlos Seminary Compound, Makati,Metro Manila. Layforce was the formation/teaching center for lay people in the Archdiocese of Manila in the 1990's, but now the centre has greatly expanded, including the Bahay-Pari (House for Clergy) and the Chinese Formation for Clergy. Cardinal Sanchez was the newly elected Prefect of the Congregation of Clergy in the Vatican at the time.
27 January 1990 - as a Priest by Jaime Cardinal Sin, famous Cardinal of Manila, at the Divine Word Seminary School of Theology Chapel, Tagaytay City in the presence of hundreds of bishops, archbishops, cardinals and the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani, DD, and other priests. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines - CBCP was being held at the time.
1990 Vocation Director and Assistant Parish Priest - Our Lady of the Abandoned, Mandaluyong, Manila
1991 Mission Spirituality Formation Year Director - Msp Fil Mission Seminary, Tagaytay City
1992 - 1997 Missionary Priest - Archdiocese of Honiara, Solomon Islands
1998 - Arrived in Australia - Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
1998 Parish Assistant Priest - Our Lady of the Rosary, Fairfield
2000 Parish Assistant Priest - St Paul of the Cross, Dulwich Hill
2001 Parish Administrator - St Augustine of Hippo, Balmain
2002 Parish Administrator - St Patrick, Revesby Heights
2002 - 2008 Parish Administrator/Parish Priest - St Pius V Parish, Enmore/Tempe
2009 Parish Administrator - Regina Coeli, Beverly Hills
2010 Catholic Chaplain - Liverpool Hospital
2011 - 2021 Parish Priest - St Joachim, Lidcombe (2015 Sabbatical - 3 months in Rome)
2021 - current Parish Priest - St Patrick, Kogarah (2022 Sabbatical - 3 months in Rome)
1998 Renewal Course - East Asian Pastoral Institute, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila
2008 Renewal Studies - The American College of the Immaculate Conception/American College of Louvain, Leuven, Belgium
2020 Renewal Course - Institute of Continuing Theological Education, The Pontifical North American College, Rome
Personal greatest priestly achievement
8 December 2015 - Opening Sydney’s first perpetual Adoration chapel at St Joachim’s in Lidcombe (Catholic Weekly). Also called the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration (PEA) Chapel, it is the only one in the Archdiocese of Sydney and its surrounds.
To build an inviting, purposeful, prayerful and vibrant parish community rooted in prayer and in the Holy Trinity - God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, with the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, especially St Patrick.