Our Pastoral Team

Fr. Stephen Bliss OFM

(Parish Priest)

I am a Franciscan Friar who joined the Ipswich Catholic community in mid 2016. I have previously ministered in parishes throughout Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. I have also ministered to those in formation (at seminary) and in Administration of the Order. I enjoy parish ministry as it is an opportunity to journey with parishioners in their faith and for me to be inspired and challenged by their Gospel living.

I try and follow the simple way that St. Francis of Assisi lived the Gospel of Jesus, and in my life I give witness to the Franciscan values of joy, peace and respect. Whilst here at Ipswich, I help in whatever way I can in the Sacramental life of the Community.

Lord, make us instruments of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

My name is Fr. Johny Ouseph Edapulavan CMI (Carmelites of Mary Immaculate); a Carmelite Priest. I was ordained on 9 January 1998. I am a missionary priest and I was working in central India in the province called Mar Thoma Province, Chanda in the state of Maharashtra in India. I have served the Church in various capacities over the years; rector of the minor seminarians, teacher and principal in CMI schools, Provincial of Mar Thoma Province, Chanda, member of the CMI Prior General’s team and finally the director of Archives and Documentation of the CMI Congregation.

I look forward to this new experience of assisting in pastoral service in the Ipswich Catholic Community. I like to serve people in their all pastoral needs together with the Parish Priest and other responsible persons.

Fr. Johny Edapulavan CMI

(Assistant Priest)

Michael Tran


My full name is Michael Tran Van My. I was born in a Catholic family in diocese of Vinh, Vietnam. During the childhood time, I was involved in many church activities: altar serving, joining the choir, youth activities, etc. The desire to become a priest gradually formed during that time.

In 2016, I received an invitation from Archbishop Mark Coleridge to come to Brisbane and training to be a priest. I left my family, friends, culture in Vietnam and came to Australia on 14th Feb 2017. From that time, I spent full time to improve English at Australian Catholic University (ACU) so that I could start the program of the Seminary in 2018. I entered the Holy Spirit Seminary in 2018, and now I am in my fifth year by doing pastoral placement in your parish. I am excited about being part of the Ipswich Catholic Community!