Meet Our Priests

Father Slawek

Parish Priest

Rev Slawek Plonka OMI PP
Rev Slawek Plonka OMI PP

I was born on 31 May 1980 in Tarnowskie Gory, Poland. My parents, Halina and Jurek, instilled great reverence for God in me and my brother, Wojtek. Our family belonged to a local Parish run by the Camilian Fathers whose charism is to look after the sick in hospitals.

Even as a young boy, and very much inspired by my Parish Priest, Fr Anthony Bendarczyk, I desired to become a priest myself. In year eight, my RE teacher gave me a brochure about the Oblates of Mary Immaculate who at that time had a boarding school for boys. On completion of the college education, and already fascinated by St Eugene de Mazenod and his ‘burning zeal for the salvation of souls’, I decided to join the Oblates. In 2000, I took my first religious vows and began my studies. Six years later, on the 29th of May I was ordained a priest.

For the first two years I worked as an assistant priest in Ilawa, Poland, and then came to Australia. Since my arrival in 2008, I have ministered in various parishes in SA, WA, Vic, and now in Eagle Vale, NSW.

The Scripture passage which I chose as my priestly motto is from John 6:9: “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” These words constantly remind me that I certainly don’t have enough means, talents and skills, to accomplish the mission the Lord has entrusted me with. Luckily, Jesus does not expect me to perform miracles, he simply wants me to give him the little I have, so that he could feed the hungry, fill people’s hearts with his eternal love.

Father Basti

Assistant Parish Priest

Rev. Meno Basti Jayantha Devalagama Arachchige OMI

I was born on the 02 March 1979 in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. I was the eldest of the seven Children.

I joined the Oblates in 1997 and made my first profession of Religious Vows on 08 September 2001. At the completion of my Philosophical and Theological studies, I made my final profession of religious vows on the 17 December 2008 and was ordained a deacon on the following day, 18 December 2008. I was ordained a priest of God in my home diocese, Mannar, Sri Lanka on 06 June 2009 and was appointed as the secretary to the Provincial of the Oblate Province of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

I was sent to Germany in 2012 to work as a missionary together with the German Oblates. After four years, I returned to my home province Jaffna and was appointed to the Preaching community, as a mission preacher. I had a very strong desire to be a missionary.

As I always wanted, I was sent to Australia in 2018 as a missionary to join the Oblates in Australia. My first appointment in Australia was to the oblate parish at Tea Tree Gully in South Australia as the assistant parish priest where I served for 13 months and at the request of the Provincial, I moved to the Oblate parish at Eagle Vale in NSW on the 10 May 2019.