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Fr Dean Bongat, entered the seminary in Mindanao in the southern part of the Philippines, then transferred to Manila where he joined a seminary, then went to university studying Psychology. He worked as a Psychologist in one of the orphanages in Manila, acted as a guidance counsellor in Manila Business College and lectured at the university.

During this time he was the Philippines representative to the World Federation of United Nations Associations. In 2010 went back to the seminary, this time the Lorenzo Mission where he completed his degree in Philosophy and started a degree in Theology.

He then applied for and was accepted as a student for the Diocese of Sandhurst living in Melbourne and studying at Catholic Theological College.

Dean was ordained a deacon on 25th November 2017 at Muntinlupa in the Philippines and ordained a priest on 15th September 2018 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo.

Fr. Dean Bongat
Parish Priest

Parish Pastoral Council Members


St. Patrick'S, Kerang

St. Mary's, Cohuna

St. Patrick's, Pyramid Hill

Rev Fr Dean Bongat
Parish Pastoral Council President

Liz Bland



Ken Jenkins


Chris Mitchell

St. Joseph's School Principal

Aaron Baulch

Faye Burton

Vin Rankins

Kyra Laughlin

Bernadette McClelland

Dora Jordan

Mike Cummins

Alan Troop

Gerardine Prendergast


Peter Doyle


Kylie Doyle



Jarrod Mullavey

St. Mary's School Principal

Bruce Bird

Judy Doyle

Hayden Bird

Rob Shanahan

Betty McLoughlan

Brian McLoughlan

Mick Carmody

Pam Carmody

Carmen Cauchi


Rachel Cain



John O'Connor

St. Patrick's School Principal


John Carroll

Marilyn Fernandez

Anne Grogan

Jan Leed

Vincent Bartels

Imelda Ross

Colleen Hampson

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