Father Michael de Stoop

Father Michael de Stoop was born in Eastwood, a son of six children.  He himself is a graduate of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd where he commenced his priestly formation when it opened for the first time in 1996 (his first 2 years were in St Patrick’s College, Manly).  From the seminary he was appointed to St Charles Borromeo Parish, Ryde to prepare for his ordination to the Diaconate.  He was ordained a deacon on 4 August 2000. He was then ordained to the Priesthood on 8 June 2001 and took up his first appointment at All Saints’ Parish, Liverpool on 17 June 2001.  Fr Michael was then Assistant to the Dean at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney (2003 to 2009). During that time he was Cardinal Pell’s Master of Ceremonies, Director of Vocations, chaplain for Catholic Youth Services, and the NSW Chaplain for the Knights of the Southern Cross.  He then served as the Parish Priest of St Benedict’s Parish, Broadway from 1 March 2009 to 31 May 2015.  On 1 October 2015, Fr Michael was appointed Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Fairfield.  During this time, he was also appointed as the Dean of the Archdiocese of Sydney’s South West Deanery.  Additionally, he was appointed as the Director of the Permanent Diaconate Directorate.  On 13 October 2020, Fr Michael was appointed Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd on 1 January 2021.


In 2013, Cardinal Pell appointed him to study at the Institute for Priestly Formation and Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, the USA during Summer Intensives where he completed a Masters of Christian Spirituality and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats in 2016.  Then, from 2017 to 2018, he completed a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, USA.

Fr Simon Kitimbo

Fr. Simon Kitimbo started his seminary formation in Uganda where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Philosophical studies. In 2006, he came to Australia to complete the final stage of his formation. He graduated with a Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Theology degree as well as a Baccaulaureate in Theology.

In 2010, he was ordained to the Priesthood at Sacred Heart Cathedral Lubaga, Uganda. After his ordination, he came back to Australia. He has served in the parishes of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Miranda and St. Bernadette’s Carlton. He has also served as a Chaplain to St. George Public and Private hospitals for three years.

Last year, he completed a Masters of Counselling degree at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Fr. Simon is also a  Safeguarding Officer of the Seminary.

Fr Arthur Givney

Fr. Arthur Givney was ordained a priest in 2002. During this time, he has worked in the Wagga Wagga and Sydney Archdioceses, with his last parish appointment being Regina Coeli parish, Beverly Hills. For the last 2 1⁄2 years Fr. Arthur was the Vice Rector at the Good Shepherd Seminary. He has recently taken up the role of the First Year Director.

Fr. Arthur has also completed a Master’s Degree in Spirituality and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University, Omaha, U.S.A. Fr. Arthur enjoys his work at the seminary and is looking forward to working with the new entrants for the priesthood at the seminary.

Sr Rosemary Lewins

Sr Rosemary Lewins commenced as Dean of Studies at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd from end of January 2020.

Sr Rosemary was professed as a Dominican Sister of Eastern Australian and the Solomon Islands in 1966. After religious profession Sister was assigned to educational ministry in Dominican schools, initially to Santa Sabina College Strathfield as a teacher and was then moved to Siena College Camberwell Victoria where she was both a teacher and Principal from 1969.

In 1980 Sr Rosemary was appointed Principal of Santa Sabina College.  Through leadership of staff, students and parents, Sr developed her conviction about the importance of education for all to help change and enrich lives.

In order to be appropriately qualified for educational ministry, Sr Rosemary gained BA Dip Ed (UNE), Master Educational Leadership (USF) and Diploma of Spirituality.

Moving into tertiary education Sr became Principal of Signadou (ACU) and then foundation Dean of Students at ACU from 1995.  In 2002, Sr Rosemary was elected Prioress (Leader) of the Dominican Sisters for a period of 8 years.  To acknowledge Sister’s contribution to leadership, ACU awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in Education in 2013.

Sr Rosemary is dedicated to working with students at the Seminary so that they may reach their full potential.

Sr. Lydia Allen RSM, Ph.D. (Psychology), M.A. (Religious Studies)

Sr. Lydia Allen RSM, Ph.D. (Psychology), M.A. (Religious Studies), is Director of Human Formation and has practiced clinical psychology with adults, including priests and Religious, and with children in private practice settings in the USA and Germany.

She has been a consultant at the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican in Rome, Italy.

Sister Allen has taught Transactional Analysis in workshops throughout Europe, in the US and Israel.

Sister Lydia Allen is also a  Safeguarding Officer of the Seminary.

Fr John Armstrong

Fr. John Armstrong was ordained a priest in 1990 for the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. He has served as Parish Priest in Central Canberra from 1994-2000, Administrator of St Christopher’s Cathedral from 2001-2005, Parish Priest of South Tuggeranong Parish from 2005-2014, Parish Priest of Batemans Bay Parish from 2014-2017 and Administrator of Moruya Parish from 2015-2017. He also served as the Director of Clergy Life and Ministry from 2001-2011 and has also served on the Council of Priests from 1996-2017 and as a Diocesan Consultor from 2001-2017. He has experience in working for the NSW/ACT Marriage Tribunal as an Advocate. He was appointed as Spiritual Director for the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in October 2017.

Fr. John has also completed a Doctorate Degree in Demography from the ANU in 2001 and a Doctorate in Practical Ministry from ACU in 2012. He completed a Masters of Arts from ACU on Spiritual Direction in 2004. He has undertaken supervision in leading the Spiritual Exercises at Campion College of Ignatian Spirituality in Kew and has recently completed a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from CenterQuest in Los Angeles.  He is a member of Companions Australia, Conference of Spiritual Directors and Spiritual Directors International. He also serves as Spiritual Advisor to the National Secretariat of the Cursillo Movement and is also Spiritual Advisor to the Australia Pacific Secretariat of the Cursillo Movement from 2018-2021.