Home' Maristian Magazine : Vol 20 No 4 December 2014 Contents Where Are They Now?
A number of Old Boys were asked to share what they’ve done since leaving Marist, including what they’re currently doing.
We’d love to hear what you’re doing. If you’re an Old Boy, please contact us at email@example.com
PJ Roberts (1991)
PJ is one of the most recognisable faces in Asian football, having worked as a football analyst
and commentator on ESPN, Star and FOX Sports since 2004, being broadcast to tens of millions
of viewers throughout Asia – though not Australia!
Prior to entering the media, PJ attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on a soccer scholarship and
was a professional footballer in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, before retiring due to injury in 2003.
Whilst playing professionally, PJ completed his Master of Business Administration at the University
of Western Australia, subsequently entering banking and finance in Singapore. He’s also been the
President of the Singaporean Australia New Zealand Association (ANZA) for the last seven years.
PJ is currently the Vice-President, South East Asia for Repucom, the global leader in sport and
entertainment marketing research and consultancy.
PJ co-authored Mister Lee’s Fantastic Football Dream with his younger brother Marc (1992) which
was released in December 2012. Proud of where he came from, he included a photo of them
both at Marist in the back of the book.
Stavros Karvelas (1989)
“I applied for and studied Civil Engineering
in 1990 at the University of Wollongong after
which I transferred to the University of
Technology, Sydney where I did a ‘sandwich
course’ in Civil Engineering, studying and
working part-time for Local Government
for the next five years, graduating in 1996
with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil).
During this time I considered a vocation in
ministry as a Greek Orthodox priest. I enrolled
to study a Bachelor of Theology at St Andrews
Greek Orthodox Theological College in 1996,
during which I also attended the Catholic
Institute of Sydney (CIS) in Strathfield. This was
an important academic and spiritual institution
for me. I was ordained to the diaconate in the
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia by
our Primate His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos
in 2000, and subsequently ordained to the
priesthood in July 2001. During my thirteen
years of ministry I have served as parish priest
at the Greek Orthodox Churches of St George,
Rose Bay; St Paraskevi in Blacktown and St
Therapon in Thornleigh where I currently serve.
I have also served on the NSW Ecumenical
Council and am currently serving as a Prison
Chaplain for NSW Corrective Services.
I was a Marist student right through to Year 12.
My memories of Marist were mostly fond ones,
although it was also not without its challenges
which in hindsight, were character-building.
The Religious ethos of the school was
important to me. I loved learning about the life
of St Marcellin Champagnat and his devotion to
Christ, the Virgin Mary and the people of God
made a huge impact on me. I was always made
to feel at home at Marist even though I was of
Greek Orthodox Faith. I had many mentors at
the school including Br Terence Heinrich, Br
Francis Elvidge, Br Peter Pemble, Mr Peter Ryan
(Mathematics), Mrs Tobin (English) and Mr Peter
I currently reside in the north-west of Sydney
with my wife of almost twenty years, Stella
Atzemis, and our two boys, aged 6 and 4.5.”
Sam Wells (2007)
After leaving school, Sam went on to
achieve a Bachelor of Science at the Australian
National University before sitting the GAMSAT
and being accepted into the ANU School of
Medicine in 2010. Finally after four years of
hard work, he has completed his final exams
and will graduate as a Doctor in December
this year. Sam will begin his internship at
The Canberra Hospital in January 2015 with
a particular interest in surgery and acute care.
Sam married in January 2014 and he and his
wife, Natasha, have settled in Canberra for
the time being. Several of his Marist friends
attended the wedding including one as his
groomsman. Sam continues to enjoy close
ties with his former classmates.
Sam would like to acknowledge in particular
Mr Todd (Science Master) and Mr McEntee
(Haydon House Dean) both of whom were
a great influence on his education, leading by
positive encouragement and example. Sam
is looking forward to the next few years when
he will finish his formal training and decide
where he would like to direct his career.
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