Teresa was appointed director of the AOY in August 2008 following her key role in the Melbourne Days in the Diocese office in the lead up to World Youth Day 2008. Teresa is also heavily involved in the St Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Society, having been an active member and volunteer since her teenage years. She is currently the Deputy President on the SVDP National Council. Teresa was also the Youth Representative to the SVDP National Council for a number of years and held various positions on the SVDP Victorian State Council. She was one of the 12 young people chosen to lunch with Pope Benedict XVI when he made his first visit to Australia for WYD in July 2008. Teresa is currently on maternity leave and will join us again early in 2014.
Brendan is the current director of the AOY office. Previously, he worked on coordinating World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011, and also is focused on working with the AOY is to organise the group from Melbourne who will travel to the next World Youth Day in Rio de Janiero in 2013. Brendan has been heavily involved with the St Vincent de Paul Society and their youth programs for many years and believes the greatest thing about the Catholic Church in Melbourne is the immense diversity of cultures and spiritualties.
In early 2009 Jack made his journey down the Hume highway from his hometown of Shepparton to 'The big smoke'. Finishing his year 12 studies in 2008, Jack then completed two years of volunteering for the Marist Brothers in their national youth movement called Remar. In those two years Jack helped facilitate over 50 camps, retreats and reflection days and met thousands of school students from every state and territory of Australia. He enjoys playing guitar, supporting the mighty Melbourne Demons and exploring his beliefs.
Kath joined the Melbourne Archdiocese in 2012 as the Events and Communications Coordinator. Kath handles the marketing communications for the office, designing all promotional materials, managing the website and assisting the team in events. She spent 2011 travelling the Holy Land with the AOY before heading to WYD2011 Madrid and then continuing her travels across Europe for eight weeks. She is also an active member of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Leeanne joined the AOY in 2012 as the Special Projects Officer assisting with preparations for World Youth Day 2013.
In 2010, she spent a year on mission with Heart’s Home in the Philippines, where she experienced deep encounters
of grace in the slums of Manila. She has also spent many years as part of the leadership team at St Peter Chanel Parish
in Deer Park, and loves being part of this vibrant community. Prior to joining AOY, Leeanne filled her working days reading
and singing songs to children as a public librarian in Melbourne’s West.
Annaliese Ros (Part-time)
Annaliese began working with the AOY in November 2009 as the World Youth Day 2011 Coordinator and is now working on a national youth gathering to be held in 2013. Annaliese loves sharing her faith and helping young people to discover the truth about God’s love for them and the beauty of the Catholic Church. Faith highlights have included attending four World Youth Days (2000, 2005, 2008 and 2011), studying a Certificate in Youth Ministry (2003), traveling for six months on the “Journey of the Cross and Icon” for WYD Sydney (2008) and attending a nine-month Mission school in Rome (2008/9).
Alana O'Reilly (Casual)
Alana joined the youth office in 2013, working as a casual Administrative Assistant. In 2012 Alana Worked as a Youth
Minister at a High School, is currently studying at ACU and is a youth group leader.
Fr Antony Shabin
Fr. Antony Shabin Kaniampuram was born in Kerala, India. He belongs to the Secular Order of "Institute Voluntas Dei" founded in the Quebec province of Canada and completed his Philosophical studies at St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary in Aluway, Kerala and Theological studies at the National Seminary of Our Lady of Lanka, Kandy, Sri Lanka. He was ordained
a priest in his home parish, Bolghatty on 19th April 2007. From 2009 - 11, he was ministering as the National Animator
of the Jesus Youth Fulltime Missionary Volunteers of India. Fr. Shabin arrived here in the Archdiocese of Melbourne
during November 2011 and was appointed as an Assistant Priest to St. Andrew’s Parish Werribee and to Chaplain
for the AOY in September 2012.