Chaplain embarking on new career path

New navy chaplain Father Franco Saini.
New navy chaplain Father Franco Saini.

He recently spent 19 weeks in NSW completing the New Entry Officers Course (NEOC), which included navy ceremony, weapons proficiency, leadership and seamanship skills.

‘The navy has allowed me to experience something different; I have had a lot of life experience all over the world, yet my experiences in the navy are still unique and exciting,’ he said.

‘The challenge of passing training has been rewarding and I hope my career in the navy will be rewarding.’

Born in Johannesburg, Father Franco spent 20 years as a missionary in Asia, South Africa, Italy and Namibia and has worked part-time in schools and jails.