Fr. Paul Hopper

British Spiritans in Australia are principally in parish/ pastoral work.

For over 10 years now, Fr. Paul Hopper has been in a parish in Kingswood, New South Wales, dedicated to St. Joseph.

Fr. Paul is passionate about developing a parish community that is alive and active. He wants parishioners to reach out to others and evangelize through their interactions with each other. People learn from each other and end up making the lives of each person more enriching through such interactions. Sharing within the community is key to his vision and his focus is on the Cells System of Parish community for bringing such a vision to fruition.

Over seven years ago, he led the parish to adopt the Cells System of Parish community (Basic Christian Communities) which turned the life of parish community around. They currently boost of having 11 Cells which vary in number from 5 to 8 people.

The Cells meet every fortnight, at a place and time chosen by the group. The session lasts an hour and half. It comprises prayer and praise worship; sharing testimonies of how God has touched their lives; Lectio Divina; a teaching from the parish priest; intercessory prayers; and finally discussion on the ministry (each Cell has its own ministry).

The parish is a growing one, with its challenges, hopes and potential.
The parish has recently opened a new Adoration Chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed behind shatter-proof glass from 9.00am till 7.00pm for five days, per week. This has made a big difference to the parish.