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 Casmir

Assistant Parish Priest

Rev. Casmir Arul OMI

I was born on 15th May 1987 in the countryside near Chennai, a city in southern India. I have a brother and a sister who are older than me. They have their families and live in India. My Mum lives with them since my Dad went to heaven in October 2019 when he was 70.

My parish church and school are only a few hundred meters away from my home. So, as a boy, my life was surrounded by our church, school, and parish community which I believe sowed the initial seed for my vocation to religious life with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. I attended the “come and see” programme when I was 19 and continued my journey of Oblate life.

I professed my vows for the first time in 2011 and was sent to Melbourne – Australia for my post novitiate Formation. I made my final profession of vows in January 2016 in Chennai, and was ordained deacon in July in the same year in Melbourne. I went back to India in 2017 and was ordained a priest on 1st August in Chennai, and worked as an Asst. Priest in a place called Kanchipuram in India for little more than one year, before coming back to Australia in April 2019.

After arriving in Australia, I worked in Wynnum (Iona College) in Brisbane as a chaplain to our ROSIES Mission while helping our parish at Cannon Hill until September 2020. I arrived in September 2020 to our Mary Immaculate Parish, Eagle Vale. It is great to be here in our wonderful parish community.