We're here for you on campus.

Have you just left Year 12 or been studying here for ages? 

Well, we just want to say ‘hey, we’re here!’ So when you’re tired and need to rest or to chat, drink coffee or go to mass, find us down at the Chaplaincy Centre. We have an espresso machine so you can’t go wrong.



Who are we?

We are the UQ Catholic Chaplaincy, part of the bigger UQ Multi-Faith Chaplaincy. We operate within the University of Queensland, aiming to provide students and staff with a community to belong to, and a way to explore their faith. Our office is located in Building 38, behind the Abel Smith Lecture Theatre, and our office is open Tuesday to Friday every week.  You can contact us through our Facebook Page: uqcatholicchaplaincy or  Email: catholic.chaplaincy@uq.edu.au or Tel: 0429 495 589.  For contacting the Chaplain Fr Mario directly call 0429 600 711.

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Meet the Team

Introducing the FX Mission Team and the Chaplain

The FX Mission Team is a group of young adult missionaries who work full time at the University of Queensland Catholic Chaplaincy. The FX Mission Team is the University arm of NET Ministries Australia, and the "FX" in our name stands for Francis Xavier, a Saint who is known as one of the greatest missionaries of all time.

They are all full time volunteers, and have come from all around the world to serve at this University this year.



25, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Michael finished his masters degree in IT and was working full time with the phone company Optus in the cloud and data centre.  He enjoys kendo, foreign films, and reading a nice, good book with a cup of tea.



25, New York, USA

Katherine studied Business Administration and Communications, but was recently working in the television industry in New York City.  She enjoys improv comedy, Meryl Streep, and her cat Mew Grant. 



19, Vancouver, Canada

Nelson recently graduated from St. John Brebeuf high school, and was working prior to working with the Chaplaincy.  Nelson loves being outside hiking, swimming, camping.  He loves photography, spending time with friends and family, listening to music as well as playing instruments. 



19, Melbourne, Victoria

Before working for the Chaplaincy, Gloria was studying a double degree of a Bachelor of Arts and Teaching (secondary) at ACU. Gloria loves music especially singing, playing sports especially volleyball and trying foods from different cultures.



22, Montreal, Canada

 Mariana was studying a Bachelor of Economics at Concordia University in Montreal, Before working at UQ. Mariana enjoys baking, travelling to different places and playing musical instruments. She loves adding chilli and Lime to everything she eats


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Fr Mario Debattista ofm


Fr Mario is a member of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor.  Raised in Brisbane, he has ministered in Australia and in several African countries in parishes, religious formation, and counselling.  As well as theological studies, he has tertiary qualifications in Civil Engineering, Social Work and Counselling.  He is currently the Catholic Chaplain at the University of Queensland as well as Associate Pastor in the Brisbane parish of St Therese and St Anthony, Kedron.  He is available for all students and staff and can be contacted directly on 0429 600 711.