St.Michaels' Parish was established in 1956, having previously been part of the parish of Dandenong. In 1956 it became part of the Diocese of Sale. In 2002 the Diocese published a Pastoral Plan, Journeying Together.

Journeying Together identified 5 Mission Directions:
  1. Building parishes as welcoming and inclusive communities.
  2. Connecting with youth and young families.
  3. Enriching prayer, liturgy and life.
  4. Nurturing the life and leadership of faith communities.
  5. Shaping the church of the future.
Currently a new pastoral plan is being prepared.

Parish Priest

Fr.Jeff Kleynjans

Primary education:
St. Michael’s, Berwick, 1973-1976
St. Agatha’s Cranbourne, 1977-1979
Secondary education:
St. Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield, 1980 - 1983
Ordained Deacon:
September 9th, 2005 - St. Patrick’s Church Pakenham
Ordained Priest:
May 27th 2006 - St. Agatha’s Church, Cranbourne
Assistant Priest:
Jan 2007, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sale
Assistant Priest:
St. Michael’s, Traralgon, 2008
Parish Administrator:
Sacred Heart & St. Vincent’s Morwell & Morwell East, 2009
Assistant Priest:
St. Michael’s Berwick, 31st March 2011
Parish Priest:
St. Michael’s Berwick, Jan 20th 2016


Fr.Hilarion Fernando OSB


Liz Overdyk

Pastoral Associate

Elizabeth (Liz) Overdyk. A parishioner since primary school days at St. Michael's. My interests include spending time with family, friends, liturgical music, walks, gardening and leisurely cycling. I am currently studying Theology at C.T.C. part time and enjoy gaining a greater appreciation and understanding of our faith.

or Call: 9707 4072

Tara Bau

Sacrament Coordinator

I am a wife, and a mother to 3 teenagers and been an active part of the Parish for 15 years. In 2010 I have completed RCIA and became Catholic. I had a strong Christian upbringing and faith is important to me. I enjoy coordinating the sacraments and passing on some of what I have learnt on my own journey.

or Call: 9707 1355

Parish Secretaries

Geraldine Martin
Dorota Shields

Email: or
Call: 9707 1355

Privacy Policy

St.Michael's Parish has a Privacy Policy. Any queries can be directed to the office on (03) 9707 1355.

Upkeep & Maintenance of Parish Church & Grounds

There are quite a number of parishioners who volunteer their time attending to the numerous chores in an effort to maintain the good condition and smooth running of our parish. If you would like to help contact the Parish Support Centre on (03) 9707 1355.

Church Preparation Group

New helpers are always welcome. Once every nine weeks your help is needed to clean the Church, arrange flowers etc. Contact Lorraine Ludekens 9707 1355.

Lawn mowing & external maintenance

Contact Martin 9707 1355.

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