Broken Bay Central Council


About Broken Bay Central Council.

Michelle Chahine – Central Council President:




Regional Councils and Conferences:

Chatswood Region - Regional President Barry Finch
    • Chatswood – Conference President TBA
    • Forestville Our Lady of Good Counsel – Conference President El Herlianto
    • Lindfield Holy Family – Conference President Bradley Jones
    • Northbridge/Naremburn – Conference President TBA
    • Pymble Sacred Heart – Conference President David Carson
    • St Ives – Conference President TBA
    • Willoughby – Conference President Nick Smith
Gosford Region - Regional President Annette Johnstone
    • Ettalong/Umina – Conference President Margaret Moore
    • Gosford St Patrick’s – Conference President Margaret Gunnulson
    • Kariong/Kulnara – Conference President Doug Waud
    • Kincumber Holy Cross – Conference President Michael Barrington
    • Terrigal – Conference President John Smith
    • Woy Woy – Conference President Peter Smith
    • Wyoming – Conference President George Osteni
Hornsby Region - Regional President Shirley Kelynack
    • Arcadia St Benedict’s – Conference President Karen Desouza
    • Asquith St Patrick’s – Conference President Alan Henson
    • Berowra St Bernard’s – Conference President John Ryan
    • Carlingford St Gerard’s – Conference President Leslie Kemp
    • Epping Our Lady Help of Christ – Conference President Ted Green
    • Normanhurst Queen of Peace – Conference President Geoff Young
    • Pennant Hills St Agatha – Conference President Elemer Turchanyi
    • Wahroonga Holy Name – Conference President Anthony Weaver
    • Waitara Our Lady of the Rosary – Conference President Shirley Kelynack
Northern Beaches Region - Regional President Mick O'Farrell
    • Avalon Maria Regina – Conference President Sue Bowra
    • Balgowlah St Cecilia’s – Conference President Lyn McNeil
    • Collaroy Plateau St Rose – Conference President Rex Harding
    • Davidson St Martin de Porres – Conference President Tony Smith
    • Dee Why  – Conference President Bill Eyre
    • Freshwater St John the Baptist – Conference President Mick O’Farrell
    • Manly St Mary’s & St Athanasius’s – Conference President Bruce Whittet
    • Manly Vale St Kieran’s – Conference President John McCarney
    • Mona Vale Sacred Heart – Conference President Adrian Calleia
    • Narrabeen St Joseph’s – Conference President Tom Colman
    • Narraweena St John the Apostle – Conference President John Colby
Wyong Region - Regional President Dennis Brady
    • The Entrance Conference President TBA
    • Toukley/Lake Munmorah St Mary’s – Conference President Bob Steele
    • Tumbi/Wyong St Cecilia’s – Conference President Margaret Beer
    • Warnervale Mary MacKillop – Conference President Cynthia Kingdom


Metropolitan Region Vinnies Support Centres:



Central Council Events

Winter Appeal 2022


For details, please refer to email sent 17 February, 2022.

By 2 March, Regional Presidents/ VSC Coordinators to let John Ferguson know of orders for: envelopes, letters, posters, Information Kits.

To order Albert Terminals, contact: by end March.

Orders will be delivered the week of 18 April.

Winter Appeal launched 2 May

Schools team will be in contact with schools.

Please let Janice Stokes know if you’d like a fundraising page setup for your conference.

Please contact Janice Stokes or John Ferguson if any queries.

Schools team will be in contact with schools or contact


Central Council News

Childsafe Training available via Zoom sessions

We are currently holding sessions (subject to registrations) on:

Tuesday evenings 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Wednesday mornings 10.00am – 11.30am

Thursday afternoons 3.00pm – 4.30pm

To register for these sessions please email

Please note you can also register in a group to attend around one computer.

The Conversations Conference


The Conversations Conference

Q1. What is Conversations Conference? Conversations Conference is a free service of St Vincent de Paul Society that aims to break down the language barriers in our community through conversations in a friendly environment. We encourage non-English speaking immigrants or people of any religion, age, gender or race to participate and gain confidence in conversational English to integrate in the Australian community.

Q2. What do you enjoy the most about the Conference? We enjoy the nature of conversations as we discuss different topics each week and learn from each other. We talk about travels, music, experiences, favourite food, different cultures to name a few. Everyone is encouraged and supported to speak as much or as little as they felt comfortable to do. There was a distinct lack of judgement of peoples’ stories, experiences or language ability, altogether it is a very positive, friendly and supportive environment.

Q3. How do the actions of your group or ministry speak about the love of Jesus? Through the kindness and show of empathy to one another. The mentors are there to provide a supportive environment for participants to be able to build more confidence in speaking in a social environment. Also as a mentor we learn from our participants as they share their culture and experiences.

Q4. What are you passionate about? We are passionate about helping others to improve their communication skills and integrate in the Australian society. Being involved in Conversations Conference is a great opportunity to help people improve their confidence in conversational English while being able to learn about their interesting backgrounds and experiences which helps in learning our view of the world.

Q5. If you could ask Jesus to change one issue in the world today, which would it be? We pray for the people in the world to shake off poverty and find comfort wherever they are, free from diseases and for the wars to stop and create harmony in the world so that everyone can live a peaceful life and enjoy pure bliss.

Q6. How has being part of this ministry effected you?  Being part of this ministry has made a difference in my life and the lives of others because of the friendship and care that we offer, we are able to help non-English speaking people to integrate in the Australian society. We are able to break the language barrier in a small scale and we see the growing confidence of our participants each and every week. It’s quite a satisfying experience. We aim to grow this community and have the model adopted across NSW where many of the refugees or migrants could potentially benefit.

Q7. How can parishioners get involved?  If you know friends or family members who may benefit from meeting new friends who are keen to learn conversational English or if you would like to participate as a mentor, please contact Christian Salandanan to register on: (02) 9568 0288 or via email at: . Conference meeting is held every Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8pm. Meetings are currently held online via zoom. We will announce once health risks due to Covid-19 is much lower to meet face to face. It’s usually held at the Chatswood Parish meeting rooms corner of Kirk and Archer street just opposite Our Lady of Dolours Parish Catholic Church.

Matt Talbot Conference

The development of a new Conference at the Matthew Talbot has been in conversation for several years.

Tony Cranney, Central Council President, has been in discussions with Leo Tucker, Executive Director, Mission and Spirituality, and Joy Bowen, of the Mission Team based at the Matthew Talbot.

Conversations have led to action, and the Matt Talbot Conference has started!!

The initial role of a Conference at the Matthew Talbot Hostel, Woolloomooloo will be a spiritual/pastoral role, which is encouraged in our Vincentian Rule in that “Promoting a life of prayer and reflection, both at the individual and community level, and sharing with their fellow members.”

The Conference is firmly based in the Talbot Hostel where space is allocated for that distinct purpose, so that the men at the Talbot are the primary recipients of care.  Joy Bowen will be responsible for the enhancement of pastoral skills and supervisory support to each individual and group.  She can also fill the space of spiritual advisor until one is nominated.  Further ministries of Conference members could include intentional friendship, practical assistance in providing household needs when men are housed, involving men in games, activities, eventually across the Woolloomooloo site, including the Ozanam Learning Centre.

If you have questions, contact

Opportunities for Member engagement with the Community

If you are looking for opportunities to further engage with the Community, here is  a summary of what various Conferences across Metropolitan Sydney are doing, in addition to their home visitation.

Current Opportunities for Community Engagement 230106

For further details, or assistance in progressing with any of these ideas, contact

Links to videos

Central Council Initiatives


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