Last week Archbishop Mark Coleridge wrote to me informing me that I will be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Brisbane. In the morning, of the day that I received the letter, I felt particularly called to visit the Carmelite Monastery at Ormiston, to say some prayers, which I did. Shortly after my return to the Parish office the Archbishop’s letter arrived. Sometimes prayers are answered very quickly! Although, in all seriousness it was a delight to read the Archbishop’s words in black and white. The Archbishop’s letter confirms the call to be a priest a call that has been deep within my heart since I was a little boy.
Every celebration of any of the Church’s Sacraments is a public event. So,in this regard the Rite of Ordination to the priesthood of myself and my classmate (Deacon Damien Everitt) is open to everyone. The ordination liturgy will be first and foremost an act of thanksgiving to God, and in a particular way, God’s continual presence in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
The ordination will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Stephen on 29 June 2018 at 7pm. Parking will be available at the Cathedral, although spaces will be very limited. Traditionally, a newly ordained priest says a Mass of Thanksgiving soon after their ordained. My Mass of Thanksgiving will be at Mater Dei Church, Sunday 1 July at 9:30am (16 Philomene Drive, Ashgrove West). This is my home parish which my parents attend every Sunday. You are most welcome to attend the Mass of Thanksgiving. Fr Frank and I will concelebrate a number of Masses within the two parishes in the weeks following the ordination and after a brief holiday.
Please keep me in your prayers as I take these final steps towards priestly ordination.