1 July 2020


Father Peter Porteous of The Order Servants of Mary, known as the Servite Order, confirmed that on 19 June 2020 the Servite Order informed the government of its decision to join the National Redress Scheme. 

In doing so, the Servite Order confirmed that it fully supports the National Redress Scheme and the government in addressing the needs of victims of sexual abuse.

In addition to joining the National Redress Scheme, the Servite Order wants to and is doing more for those who have suffered at the hands of the Order. 

Father Peter Porteous today announced a new reparation scheme by the Servite Order – The Servite Response – which as a scheme will expand and build upon the work that is being done by the National Redress Scheme.  

Father Peter said, “The Servite Order again acknowledges the harm done to people who suffered sexual abuse whilst in the care of the Order.  We have and will continue to apologise for our serious breach of trust and the hurt caused to people who had the right to expect so much more from us.  On behalf of the Order I say to those who suffered; you did nothing wrong.  Whilst nothing can remove this hurt and pain, the Order wants to and is committed to doing all it can to assist those who have suffered.  The Servite Response is an additional response on the part of the Order to victims of child sexual abuse.

By joining the National Redress Scheme now, after having developed our own scheme, gives all our victims a real choice as to how they wish to proceed with forms of redress.  All victims can now choose to opt for either the National Redress Scheme or The Servite Response.”

The Servite Response was created for the purpose of promoting healing for victims of sexual abuse by offering long term support, including counselling support, a direct personal response and monetary reparation.

The Servite Response seeks to be mindful of victims and the trauma they have suffered.  It offers an additional process that is fair, compassionate and dignified, within a timeframe that will not further traumatise victims. 


Authorised by Father Peter Porteous, Provincial Delegate, Servite Order Australia

Contact Information: Hayley on email: or phone 0435 673 238

Withdrawl from La Trobe University and Parkville, Melbourne

The Australian Servite Delegation has decided (General Assembly of October 2015) to give up the La Trobe (Bundoora) University Catholic chaplaincy after 48 rich and rewarding years and return it to the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

It was in fact almost from the beginning of La Trobe University that the Servites were asked to look after its pastoral needs. They were already taking care of Our Lady of the Way Parish, Kingsbury, not far from the university. Fr. Vincent Harkins OSM was the first Catholic chaplain and his memory is revered even today at the university. A hall has been named after him! In the following decades different friars served La Trobe with a typical spirit of service, friendship and deepening of faith.

These are the friars who served La Trobe:

Fr. Myles Lynch, Fr. Liam Mackle, Fr. Peter Porteous, Fr. Michael Raj Manikkam and Fr. Anthony Xavier Rathinam. Read more


OBITUARY 2/8/2015


On Monday morning, 10th August, a large crowd of parishioners of St. Anthony’s parish, Wanneroo gathered at the church which stands at the principal square of the city.  Many from St. Denis parish, Joondanna were also present.  They were there to farewell Fra Patrick (Paddy) Boyle, OSM, who had gone to his eternal reward on 2nd August.  The principal mourners were his Servite religious brothers as well as two of his sisters who had flown in from Ireland and four nieces who are already resident in Australia.

Father had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for some 13 years and had passed his last years resident at Catholic Homes in Castledare, Perth.  Burial was in the Servite plot at Pinnaroo Memorial Park, Whitfords.


Father’s Mass was celebrated by Fra Christopher M Ross, OSM as well as all Servite friars resident in Western Australia.   The large concelebrating contingent of local clergy was led by the Vicar General, Fr. Peter Whitely.  Fr. John Daly, the parish priest, assisted in an especially generous way.  The liturgy proceeded in a particularly heartfelt manner.  As the saying goes, “One could feel the love!” Read More...


OBITUARY 27/02/2017

Fra Robert Zivkovic, OSM

Our Fr. Bob was born in Chicago in 1933, son of James and Eleanor (Judecki).  He was therefore of Polish and Croatian extraction. He grew up in the proverbial South Side of Chicago where he was a member of the St. Agnes Parish.  Bob’s secondary education was at St. Rita’s High School, conducted by the Augustinian friars. Too young to be drafted during the Second World War, he did serve in the USA army some years later. By that time, his military service was pretty well limited to office work. He entered the Servite Order after this and began his novitiate at Mount St. Philip in Granville, Wisconsin. Ordained to the priesthood on 15 January 1966, he assisted for a short time in various parishes. Read More


5/18/2015 12:00 AM

Fra Carlo M. Marchetti, OSM, a solemn professed friar, priest, and member of the Australian Delegation of the USA Province of the Friar Servants of Mary, died Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Perth Australia. Originally from Chicago, Fr. Marchetti was 89 years of age and is survived by his sister, Santa, and niece Carlotta. His funeral will be held Thursday, May 21, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Wanneroo, Australia followed by interment in Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

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