St. Bernard's, East Coburg
St. Gabriel's, Reservoir
St. Joseph the Worker, North Reservoir
St. Margaret Mary's, North Brunswick
St. Mark's, Fawkner
St. Matthew's, North Fawkner
St. Oliver's, Pascoe Vale
St. Paul's, Coburg


Mercy College is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS).

MACS governs and operates Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to continue the mission of Catholic education to proclaim the Good News and equip our young people with the knowledge, skills, and hope to live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them.

Because the good work of educating the young is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community, School Advisory Councils have been established to provide a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders. This governance model was designed to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, allow parish priests to focus on the mission of education in the parish, enable greater collaboration between schools and ensure greater consistency in school policies and procedures.

More information about MACS is available at

Parish Priests from Constituent Parishes

  • St. Bernard's, East Coburg - Fr. L. De Marzi                                                                                                        
  • St. Gabriel's, Reservoir (and St Stephen of Hungary, East Reservoir) - Fr. Gregory Pritchard              
  • St. Joseph the Worker, North Reservoir - Fr. M. Bonello                                                                              
  • St. Margaret Mary's, North Brunswick - Fr. A. Nguyen SDB                                                                          
  • St. Mark's, Fawkner - Fr. C. Xavier                                                                                                                          
  • St. Matthew's, North Fawkner - Fr. F. Galdo                                                                                                  
  • St. Oliver's, Pascoe Vale - Fr. J. Puppady                                                                                                          
  • St. Paul's, Coburg - Fr. J. Puppady

School Advisory Council

School Advisory Councils are an essential component of governing and operating Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. They provide a forum for consultation and participation for parish and school communities, ensuring that schools are accountable for the decisions they make.

Each council is designed for, and works within, the context of its specific school.

They are advisory bodies which form an important expression of the educational partnership that exists between parents, schools, parishes and the wider community to support all students.

The School Advisory Council at Mercy College provides a forum for discussion and discernment, where parent voice and community perspective are available to influence and support the decisions made by the principal and parish priests for the good of the school where students’ wellbeing and outcomes are paramount.

The Mercy College School Advisory Council has the following membership:

  • Executive Officers - Parish Priest (Custodian of Mission) and Principal
  • Parents – up to 2 current parents
  • Alumnae – up to one past Mercy College student
  • Parishioner – up to 1 parishioner  
  • Co-Opted members – up to 1 co-opted members with particular areas of expertise
  • Staff Member
  • Member of Mercy Finance Team
  • Student Representative – 2 College Captains

2023 School Advisory Council members are:

Fr Colin Xavier– Parish Priest (Custodian of Mission) / Executive Officer
Ms Lila McInerney – Principal / Executive Officer
Mrs Silvana Mirabelli – Parent representative
Mrs Daniela Vetere – Parent representative
Ms Elissa Andreacchio – Alumnae Representative
Ms Angela Francavilla – Parish representative, StMatthew’s, Fawkner
Mr Sergio Martins – Co-Opted Member, Council Chair
Mrs Jenni Hickey – Staff Member, College OperationsLeader
Mr Darryn Coulson – Member of Mercy Finance Team
Miss Eva Brazzani and Miss Lydia Faranso – Student Representatives, College Co-Captains

For more information about the School Advisory Council please visit

Members and friends of the Mercy community wishing to enquire about membership of the School Advisory Council should contact