ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE REPORT; Thursday 25 August 2011
On 19 August 2011, Fr Mark Edwards OMI celebrated 25 years of priestly life with a concelebrated Mass and dinner with his family, friends and fellow Oblates at St Mary’s Seminary in Mulgrave. Fr Mark had worked at the seminary for more than ten years at as Pre-Novice Master, Novice Master and Rector before taking up his present position as Rector of Iona College in Brisbane at the start of this year.
Born in Balikpapan in Indonesia, Fr Mark completed his secondary school education at Mazenod College in Mulgrave, Victoria. In 1980, he entered the Oblate novitiate at St Mary’s and was ordained to the priesthood in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne on 16 August 1986 by the late Archbishop Frank Little.
A gifted teacher and academic, Fr Mark has Bachelor degrees in Science, Theology, Letters (Hons.) and a Diploma of Education. He has worked as a teacher of maths and religion at two Oblate Colleges - Iona in Brisbane and Mazenod in Victoria. In 2007, he graduated from Monash University with a Doctorate in Philosophy and was a regular lecturer at Catholic Theological College in Melbourne before moving to Brisbane.
“Fr Mark has a real enthusiasm and dedication for all that comes his way and this spirit is infectious for people who have come to know and love him,” reflected Oblate Provincial, Fr Harry Dyer OMI.
“Certainly his teaching experience, academic prowess and detailed attention to pastoral care held him in good stead as he left family and friends to take up the position of Rector at Iona College in Brisbane this year and live out another Oblate charism of “leaving nothing undared for the Kingdom of God,” Fr Dyer said.