Seven new seminarians in 2018

There’s nothing like the promise of new beginnings to inspire us all.

It’s a delight to introduce the men who have just begun their first year at Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo (pictured l-r): William Brennan, Thomas Popovic, Sang Duc Bui, Matthew Popovic, Tristram Garbellotto, Michael My Van Tran and Bradley Davies.

With such a great range of choice available to young people, and challenges and even societal pressures to overcome, it has taken great courage for these young men to make the decision to discern a life of service.

“These seminarians will undertake what’s called their propaedeutic year. The year is about getting them settled into the kind of education and formation that is required for the priesthood. It’s a time to discern their response to a sense of the call of vocation that they have, which ultimately is a call confirmed by the Church,” says Monsignor John Grace.

“As they adjust to their new life based on the rhythms of prayer and study, the students will work closely with Seminary staff on a programme based on Pastores Dabo Vobis an Apostolic Exhortation written by Pope John Paul II for the formation of priests in the present day.”

The formation team and I are confident each of our seminarians will contribute to a strong and vibrant future for the Catholic Church in Queensland.

Together with our current seminarians, we now have 22 young men on their journey to the priesthood. Thank you for all that you do to help prepare these men for the priesthood and to build up our church, please keep them in your prayers.


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