Since January 1990, the parish of St. Canice has been conducted on behalf of the Sydney Archdiocese by the Jesuits. Fr Paul Fyfe SJ, came from Sevenhill (South Australia) to St Canice’s after Easter in 2019 as Parish Priest. His Assistant Parish Priest is Fr Gaetan Pereira SJ who came to our parish from Toowong in Brisbane early in 2018. Fr David Braithwaite SJ who is completing his doctorate in theology, moved from Lavender Bay to reside at the presbytery in July 2021. The three Jesuits are members of the Gonzaga Jesuit Community, principally based in Kirribilli.


Who we are

Founded by St Ignatius Loyola more than 450 years ago, the Society of Jesus is a religious order of priests and brothers committed to the service of the Catholic Church. Members of the Society, known as Jesuits, are contemplatives in action. The rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality gives us a way to examine our deeper desires and discern God’s plan for us in the world. Inspired by that discernment, we serve the Church wherever we see there is need.

Partners in mission

Today, our community comprises not only Jesuits but also other men and women who share this vision of service to faith and to the justice that faith demands. Together we continue the work of St Ignatius and his first companions, serving Jesus Christ and seeking God in all things.


Jesuit Mission


Today, Jesuit Mission contributes to the building of human communities of freedom, dignity and understanding in developing countries. Through all the ways that we live out our faith and especially through our support for those who are sent out with good news Jesuit Mission friends support the distinctive contribution that Jesuits make.

We promote work for poverty alleviation in the developing world and the establishment and ongoing development of the Society of Jesus in areas of great need.

The people who make up Jesuit Mission form a community of ‘Friends in the Lord’. There are thousands of such friends of Jesuit Mission in Australia and New Zealand.

Call us: (02) 8918 4109 Our Web site:

Find us: The Ron Dyer Centre, Level 1, 42 Ridge Street, North Sydney 2060

Mail to: PO Box 193, North Sydney 2059


Jesuit Refugee Service

JRS offers refugees and people seeking asylum dignity and hope through emergency assistance, temporary shelter, a foodbank, professional casework, community activities, employment support, school engagement, legal advice, targeted advocacy, and projects to empower women seeking asylum.

We have a strong alliance with parishes, communities and schools across Australia, religious orders, local and state governments, refugee organisations, campaigns and coalitions, and other organisations in the community in the not for profit and education sectors. We have a presence on advisory forums in the Asia-Pacific region, and at the global level, participating in international campaigns and coalitions and contributing to UN forums.

We are deeply concerned with advocacy and human rights work. We participate in national, regional and international advocacy efforts on refugee and asylum issues, collaborating with organisations and networks. Our work is based in and informed by the voices of refugees and people seeking asylum. Working alongside them as they strive for hope and dignity, we learn about the issues that most affect their lives.

Our website:

Contact: Phone (02) 9356 3888



Jesuit Vocations

Fr Sacha Bermudez-Goldman, Fr Paul Fyfe, and Fr Dave Ryan

Since 1990, Jesuits have been faithfully serving this parish, tending the spiritual needs of the people of this area and far beyond. This has only been possible because young men over the years have offered themselves in dedication to the mission of Christ to serve as priests and brothers in the Society of Jesus. The needs of our parish continue today, as do the many needs of Australian society and of our vast, troubled world. All of us are called, by virtue of our baptism, to be part of Christ’s body, continuing to live his mission in the world. And within our shared mission, each is called to a particular way of loving and serving in all things. What is your particular vocation in life? Might it be as a Jesuit, continuing the long history of Jesuit service, available to serve wherever the need is greatest?