Council Members


Bishop Michael Kennedy med resMost Rev Michael Kennedy (Bishop Delegate)

Bishop Michael Kennedy the bishop for the Diocese of Armidale. He is the youngest of nine children and  has had a long standing interest in marriage and family. He was appointed the Bishop Delegate to the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council in May 2012.

Email: chancery@armidale.catholic.org.au

Phone: 02 6772 4971


DFrancine & Byron Pirola.r & Mrs Byron and Francine Pirola (Chair)

Francine and Byron have been married since 1988 and have five children. Together they co-developed a number of marriage programmes and resources that have been utilised by  thousands of couples throughout  the world, including the SmartLoving series and The Stick Kit. They are also the founders of CathFamily.org, FRANKLY and the My School Diary Series. The are the Directors of the Marriage Resource Centre.

Email: francine@marriagerc.org  byron@marriagerc.org

Phone: 02 9319 6280

Web: www.marriageRC.org


Photo_Alison_BurtMrs Alison Burt (Ex-officio, Executive Secretary for Bishops Commission for Pastoral life)

Alison Burt took on the full time role of Executive Secretary, Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life in late October 2014. She is married with teenage children and resides in Canberra. She has worked for fifteen years with Catholic Health Care in Sydney in various governance, communications, project management, mission and relationship building roles, and has undertaken a variety of voluntary roles with school sporting teams and community groups concerned with aged and health care.

Email: pastoral.life@catholic.org.au

Phone: 02 6201 9865

Web: www.catholic.org.au


Mark and Tink Boyd, from Yeppoon, Queensland.Mr & Mrs Mark and Tink Boyd (Deputy Chair)

Mark and Ursula Boyd live in Central Queensland and have been married for over 20 years.  Being the parents of seven children, they have a passion for family life which is borne from practical experience.  They are involved in different family ministries in their Diocese and bring to the council the perspective of family life in rural Australia.

Email: boydebunch@bigpond.com


Mr & Mrs Chris and Rosina GordonChris and Rosina (1)
Chris and Rosina have been married for 12 years and have 6 children. Chris has a background in Religious education and tertairy chaplaincy, currently he is director of the Life, Marriage and Family Centre for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. Rosina has a postgraduate degree in communications and has worked in television and advertising. Chris and  Rosina have a keen interest in matters concerning marriage and family life in particular the challenges facing families in today’s world. They are involved in several initiatives supporting families in Sydney.

Email: cgordon1138@gmail.com


IMG_2329_(1)Mr & Mrs Shawn and Branka Van der Lindon

Shawn has a background in a range of areas including pastoral ministry, counselling, community development and organisational consultancy. He has qualifications in Theology, Family Therapy and Social Work and is currently completing an MBA. Shawn now serves as the Executive Director of Conflict Resolution Service in Canberra. Branka spent two years following university in Catholic youth ministry; serving both in Sydney and Perth.  Branka has a professional background in public policy and constitutional law. She has worked as a Senior Legal Officer with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and more recently was a Senior Lawyer with the Truth Justice and Healing Council. In January 2016 Branka took up a new role as an Associate with Trinity Law, a Canberra based commercial nd property law firm. Shawn and Branka have been married for 16 years and have four children.


Matt & CathyMr & Mrs Matthew and Cathy Bourke

Matt and Cathy Bourke have been living in the Northern Territory for most of their married lives, with all four of their children being born there. Their passion is to live a faith-filled family life shared warmly with those around them. A recent highlight was their enriching family trip to Philadelphia to participate in the World Meeting of Families. They view their family journey, including raising a child with a disability, as a witness to the miracle of God’s love and the rich blessings of marriage, parenthood and friendship. Matt currently works as Assistant Principal Religious Education in a Catholic College, while Cathy is finishing off a degree in Social Work.


Dr & Mrs Luke and Madonna McLindon Maclindon

Madonna and Luke are from the Archdiocese of Brisbane, married in 1999. They have a varied experience across the urban and rural church in Australia, having held various positions in church and professional organisations. Luke originally trained as a GP, and is now an obstetrician & gynaecologist with a special interest in the Catholic medical response to infertility. Madonna, trained as a primary teacher, and is now committed to full time Motherhood with seven children. They place great importance in supporting and nurturing the domestic church.


image001Mr & Mrs Matthew & Nerida Woodbury

Mathew and Nerida live in northwest Sydney and are the proud parents of 7 children. Nerida is a music teacher by trade and now dedicates herself as a full time mother and teacher to the two eldest children who are home-schooled.  Mathew works in his own retail business. They are  passionate about strengthening marriage and seeking how parents can best support each other with the task of successfully passing the Faith onto their children. Together they have been involved in founding and coordinating various activities to support families and young people.