February 23, 2018


The seminary community is delighted to welcome Fr. Mark Payton,
a Priest of the Archdiocese of Perth, who has been appointed Vice Rector at St. Charles'.

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A Message from Fr. Mark

I was ordained a priest in 2011 for the Archdiocese of Perth and have served in the parishes of Bateman and the Goldfield region. I have been a priest for a relatively short time, but I have experienced many blessings in my ministry. A priest follows Christ, the Good Shepherd, and becomes His presence in a very tangible way. As St John Vianney once said, “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Priests are blessed to witness God’s grace working in the lives of the people he serves. I am very happy to take on this new role as part of the formation team at St Charles’ Seminary. It is encouraging to be with a group of men striving to follow God’s call and discern the vocation of priesthood. Please pray for our seminarians and that other men will answer the Lord’s call to serve as His priest.