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.
Since 2010 he has been the Parish Priest of the Launceston Parish in Northern Tasmania. Mark was the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Hobart from 2005 - 2017. In March 2017, he was appointed Vicar Forane and Dean of the new Northern Deanery of the Archdiocese.
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 had the opportunity to support the enhancement of the role and participation of women in the life of the Church in Australia.
Having completed six years as a member of the CACW, Mark was appointed to the Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry in 2014. Again, the opportunity to work with people in a variety of ministries within the Church is a great privilege for Mark and a source of encouragement and support for his own ministry as a priest.
Reading, films, walking and swimming fill in the gaps in a relatively full life and schedule. Good red wine and fine foods also help!