Parish Team

Rev Thomas Casanova CSS

Parish Priest

Fr Thomas Casanova CCS is the parish priest of the West Wagga Parish which encompasses the communities of Ashmont, Frog Hollow, Glenfield, Lloyd, San Isidore, and Collingullie. The parish is under the control of the Confraternity of Christ the Priest (CCS) and each of the parish team is a member of the Confraternity.

Fr Thomas studied at Christ the Priest Seminary in Melbourne and was ordained a priest in 1997. He has been serving the Diocese of Wagga Wagga since 1996. Fr Thomas is the superior of the CCS community, the formator of the students and novice master. 

As parish priest of West Wagga Wagga Fr Thomas ministers with his team to the parish community at four Mass centres, the Loreto Home of Compassion and Holy Trinity Primary School.

In the photograph above Fr Thomas is with his sister Sr Mary Bridgid MC who is a religious with the Missionaries of Charity. 



Rev Gerard Ryan CCS

Assistant Priest

Fr Gerard Ryan is a religious priest of the CCS. Growing up in Melbourne, Fr Gerard worked for nearly a decade in the touring coach industry before being called to serve in the Lord’s work.

After making perpetual profession of the evangelical counsels in 1985, and studying at Christ the Priest Seminary, Fr Gerard was ordained to the priesthood in 1986. After ordination, Fr Gerard worked as Director of Aspirant Formation and Rector of the Confraternity’s House of Studies in the Diocese of Ballarat. From 2008, he served one term as Superior General of the Confraternity and two terms as parish priest of West Wagga Parish from 2003. Fr Gerard completed additional theological studies at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome. Fr Gerard is a regular contributor to, available on Roku, Smart TV and iPhones, and the CtP website, here. Weekly, he gives catechetical and spiritual programs on CtP Media. His series The Compendium our Companion is also available on YouTube.

Rev Ronald Donoghue CCS

Assistant Priest

Fr Ronald Donoghue CCS is a religious and priest of the Confraternity of Christ the Priest, a Public Association of Christ’s Faithful founded in Australia in 1954.

The missionary outreach of the CCS society is primarily to the Churchless Millions. This ministry is via the Intensive Apostolate. It is a person to person approach, particularly among those who have no “practical” religion or who have fallen away from the exercise of the Christian faith. The CCS mission is pastoral towards Catholics, ecumenical to all faiths and missionary to those who as yet do not know the love God has for them.

Fr Ron studied at both Christ the Priest Seminary and at the Diocesan Seminary of Vianney College Wagga Wagga. He was ordained in 1998 and has ministered in the Wagga Wagga Diocese since that time. He also plays a pivotal role in sustaining the CCS San Isidore community.