Parish Team

Parish Priest

Father Derrick Butt O.M.I

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Born on 16 August 1946 in Durban.  Grew up and lived on the Bluff.  Attended Saint Henry’s Marist Brothers College, Durban from Grade 1 to 12.  Matriculated in December 1964.  Entered to Novitiate of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Germiston, Gauteng in February 1965.  Made First Vows as an Oblate on 17 February 1966 and then studied for the priesthood at Saint Joseph’s Oblate Scholasticate, Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal.  Made Final Vows as an Oblate on 17 February 1969.  Ordained to the Priesthood on 10 December 1971 at the Assumption Church, Umbilo, Durban.  Has been mostly involved in Parish ministry, as well as youth and vocations work and conducting Retreats, except for seven years (1977 to 1984) as a formator of Oblate students for the priesthood in the Pre-Novitiate, Clelend, Pietermaritzburg.  Has been parish priest of Saint Francis Xavier Parish, Bluff, twice: from October 1986 to February 1992 and again from January 2008 until the present.


Parish Deacon

Deacon Malcolm Wright

Deacon Malcolm

I was born in Malvern, Durban on the 14th June 1954, the middle son of Ken and Irene Wright. I had two brothers Clive (the eldest) and Rodney (my younger brother, now deceased).

I was baptised on the 4th July 1954 at St. Michaels and All Angels, Malvern by Rev. Fr. Charles Hennessey O.M.I.
When I was two years old my family and I moved onto the Bluff. I attended Bushlands Primary School and Grosvenor Boys High School.

In February 1976 I joined the South African Post Office as a counter clerk and currently stationed at the Post Office’s Regional Office in Durban.
In 1984 I married Sharon Lelong.  I have two sons Bradley (born 1985) and Stephen (born 1987). In 1990 I was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by the late Archbishop Denis Hurley, O.M.I.


Parish Pastoral Council

Meet: 1st Tuesday every 2nd month 7.00 pm in hall
Decision making body responsible for all pastoral aspects of parish life.

Chairperson: Julian Thompson



Julian Thompson was born in Vryheid, South Africa. He is the eldest of five children, one brother and three sisters.

They family grew up in Cato Manor, and then were forced to move to Wentworth via the group areas act. Whilst in Wentworth, the family was greatly influenced by their late mother’s cousin, the late Father Cyril Carey OMI.

Julian and his family are greatly involved in Parish activities, and serve on committees, in the Parish, Deanery and archdiocese.



Parish Finance Committee

Meet: 3rd Tuesday every 2nd month 7.00 pm in parish office.
Activity: Responsible for maintenance & the temporal goods of parish
Confidential Secretary: Thérèse Middlemiss (031-4662177)

Chairperson: Althea Ernest



I was born in 1976 and married to Troy Ernest, we have two children Hannah age 8 and Ethan age 11.  I come from a family of 5 and I am the middle child, I have an older brother and younger sister.  I am a parishioner of St Francis Xavier Parish on the Bluff for the past 19 years.  I served on the general choir for 3years and then later joined the catechist team.  I served as a senior catechist for the confirmation class for the past 5 years.  I currently serve on the Finance committee as the chairperson.  My husband and I work together in our family owned engineering business.  I am a qualified as an accountant and served my articles with KPMG accounting and auditing firm and later joined Mr Price Home as their financial accountant.  My role in the business is very administrative and I am branching out into project management and cost estimating.  My hobbies are reading, scrapbooking and dancing.






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