Fr Mark Freeman was born in Launceston Tasmania in 1959. He grew up as the third of six children (3 girls, 3 boys) of Mary and George Freeman.
Mark was educated by the Presentation Sisters at St Finn Barr’s, Invermay, and by the Christian Brothers at St Patrick’s College, Launceston. Seminary studies were undertaken at Corpus Christi College, Clayton, Victoria. While in the Seminary, Mark completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Monash University.
He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Hobart at St Finn Barr’s Church, Invermay on 24th August 1984. He has spent most of his life as a priest working in parishes throughout Tasmania, including 11 years on the North West Coast as the moderator of the new Mersey Leven Parish.
Currently he is the Parish Priest of the Launceston Parish in Northern Tasmania. Mark is also the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Hobart. Between 1993 and 1996, Mark spent time in Rome studying at the Augustinianum. On his return to Australia, he was elected by the priests of the Archdiocese to be the Director of Clergy Life and Ministry. He was a member of the National Commission for Clergy Life and Ministry from 2000 – 2006. For most of that time Mark was the Commission’s Chair. In 2007 he was appointed to the Council for Australian Catholic Women. He considers it a privilege to have the opportunity to support the enhancement of the role and participation of women in the life of the Church in Australia.