Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has announced the appointment of Fr Mark Reynolds as Episcopal Vicar for Catholic Schools, effective 15 April 2021.

A priest for more than 40 years, Fr Mark is currently the Parish Priest of St Jude the Apostle Parish in Scoresby, and has served in various leadership roles around the Archdiocese.

He was a member of the Catholic Education Office staff for 10 years and served on the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) for seven years. He has a broad experience of working with Parish Primary Schools and Regional Secondary Colleges, as well as Chaplaincy within Secondary Schools. Fr Mark is currently the Chair of the Priest Retirement Foundation and Secretary of the Priest Remuneration Fund. He is also a member of the Council of Priests and the College of Consultors for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Most recently, he was involved in work towards the establishment of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS).

'Catholic Education has been a significant part of my ministry as a priest,' said Fr Mark. 'This appointment will focus on fostering and enhancing relationships between priests and principals, especially around faith leadership within schools.'

In making the announcement, Archbishop Comensoli expressed his gratitude to Fr Mark for his willingness to take on the newly created role.

'I am grateful for Fr Mark’s willingness to undertake this role, on top of his important work as Parish Priest of Scoresby, and particularly for his ongoing support in building the Gospel-centered mission we all share,' said Archbishop Comensoli.

'Amongst numerous responsibilities, this significant role will exercise leadership, on my behalf, in fostering and enhancing the important relationships between parish priests and school principals,' the Archbishop said.

'Please join me in keeping Fr Mark, and those he ministers to and with, in our prayers.'