“Welcome to Holy Spirit Seminary”

Monsignor John Grace and the staff at Holy Spirit Seminary welcomed six new seminarians to Banyo this year. Starting the year with a Commencement Mass, Msgr Grace reflected on the occasion with the following sentiments:

Looking out at the congregation gathered for our Seminary Commencement Mass on Sunday, one face stood out to me. Shining with pride and a mother’s love, Angela Greathead was clearly moved to see her son Michael sitting among his fellow seminarians for the first time.

A local from Banyo, Michael is one of six seminarians who have begun their journey at Holy Spirit Seminary this year. After the Mass Angela said, “Michael was up early and ready to go…it reminded me of his first day of school!”

I am sure all of the new seminarians feel the same way – enthusiastic to be starting their formation journey and blessed to have family, friends and supporters who believe in them.

This year, 23 seminarians are discerning a life of service to the priesthood and studying at Banyo. They will be guided along their journey by our committed staff of clergy, religious and lay people. We warmly welcome Father Kevin Smith, who is joining us in the role of vice-rector and director of the pastoral program.

Every one of us deeply appreciates your prayers, encouragement and thoughtful financial support to strengthen our Church. This work would not be possible without your devotion to the growth of the Church in Queensland.

Please join me in praying for the seminarians. I look forward to watching that “first day of school” excitement develop into a deeper love of service for the Church and a personal joy in their vocational call.

New Seminarians (l-r), Anthony Gawlu, Dominic Mariano, Jesse Smith, Fr Kevin Smith, Peter Doherty, Monsignor John Grace, Michael Greathead, and BJ Perret.