Huon Valley welcomes Fr Warren Edwards

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Huon Valley welcomes Fr Warren Edwards
Fr Warren Edwards

Fr Warren Edwards, who has been ministering in the Huon Valley Parish since emerging from quarantine, says he has found Tasmania a “very welcoming place”.

“Everyone I've met has been so welcoming and so open, and it's such a beautiful place,” said Fr Edwards, who is serving as parish priest after arriving from New South Wales.

Originally from the Diocese of Parramatta, after completing two weeks of self-isolation at the Cygnet presbytery, he is full of energy and enthusiasm as he tackles his new appointment.

He says he has been struck by the spectacular surroundings, the warm and welcoming people, and the opportunity for growth and renewal among the faithful.

“One of the things that's hit me most is the amount of people on the census who would put themselves down as a non-religion – no religion at all,” he said.

“So the harvest is rich. Unfortunately, the labourers are few. So I think there's plenty of work to do in the new evangelisation in this place.”

Fr Warren was born and raised in Penrith, NSW, and worked as a high school teacher for six years before discerning a call to the priesthood.

He joined the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, with whom he studied for two years in New York. After some time, Fr Warren discerned out of religious life to become a diocesan priest. He completed his studies at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Homebush, NSW, and was ordained in 2002.

Fr Edwards then served in the western suburbs of Parramatta and Blacktown, before starting a new parish in Rouse Hill, in the booming western belt of Sydney, where he remained until his move to southern Tasmania.

Still a Franciscan at heart, Fr Edwards arrived in Tasmania on July 2 armed with little other than an openness to God’s plan, and a six-year-old Kelpie named Angel.

He has begun celebrating daily Mass around the Huon Valley and is planning on starting a Bible study group to enable adult faith formation. He is also looking forward to meeting students, staff and parents at the parish’s Catholic schools; and getting involved in the sacramental program.

Although he is on a five-year loan from the Diocese of Parramatta, Fr Edwards said that he might just “fall in love with Tasmania and stay my whole life”.

He replaces Fr Devaraju Dusi who will be returning to his home diocese in India.