Fr David Cartwright was born in Melbourne and educated by the Dominican sisters and Marist Brothers. After studying at Corpus Christi College in Clayton and Carlton, he was ordained in the Jubilee Year of 2000 by Archbishop George Pell. He holds Honours and Masters Degrees in Theology and a Master of Arts in Spirituality. He has served in the parishes of Glenroy, St Patrick's Cathedral, Mill Park and is currently the Parish Priest of St Fidelis, Moreland. He has served as Diocesan Prefect of Ceremonies, Diocesan Youth Chaplain, National Chaplain to the Catholic Women's League. He has been to four World Youth Days. He has been a sessional lecturer to Catholic Adult Education Melbourne and served on the Board of the Archbishops Office for Evangelisation. He has been a Chaplain to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem since 2001. He currently serves on the Archbishop's Personnel Advisory Board. He has been Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Melbourne since June 2014.