The Doohan Discourse - the online presence of Fr Andrew Doohan.

Who am I?

Human, Believer, Christian, Catholic, Theologian, Liturgist, Priest, Pastor

These are the public musings of Fr Andrew Doohan, a presbyter (priest) of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

Currently serving as Parish Priest of St Benedict’s Parish, Inner Newcastle, and Dean of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, Andrew’s ministry is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God, and to seek to help others to do the same in their own way.

A student of life and of the world, Andrew has many eclectic tastes and interests, and constantly seeks to understand the world around him.

Andrew was born in Casino, a town in northern New South Wales, and was educated at the local parish's primary and secondary schools. Prior to undertaking formation for ministry, Andrew worked in the banking and finance industry.

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Andrew has skills and expertise in:

  • Catholic Pastoral Praxis
  • Catholic Liturgical Praxis
  • Catholic Sacramental Praxis
  • Catholic Pastoral Theology
  • Catholic Liturgical Theology
  • Catholic Sacramental Theology
  • Catholic Systematic Theology

"Complete personality is rooted in the genius of the heart, not the intellect."

- Karl Rahner sj

Ordained as presbyter for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in 2007, Andrew holds the degrees of Bachelor of Theology (1995) and Master of Theology (2001) from the Sydney College of Divinity, and Master of Arts (Liturgy) (2006) from the Australian Catholic University. He has also gained a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling Skills (2003) from Charles Sturt University.

Following ordination as presbyter, Andrew has served as Assistant Priest in the twinned parishes at Raymond Terrace & Bulahdelah (2007-2010) and the twinned parishes at Singleton & Branxton (2010-2012) before being appointed Parish Priest at Forster Tuncurry (2012-2016).

In 2016 Andrew was appointed to his current position as Parish Priest of Inner Newcastle, a role that is currently combined with that of Dean of the Cathedral.