Diocesan community urged to accompany seminarians in their vocation

By Mary Brazell, 23 February 2022
Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, poses for a photograph with the seminarians and transitional deacons of the Diocese's Holy Spirit Seminary in Harris Park. Image: Diocese of Parramtta

 

The Diocese of Parramatta is blessed with thirteen young men who are studying to become priests at our Holy Spirit Seminary in Harris Park.

On Sunday, as they celebrated the commencement of their academic year, Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, encouraged the faith community of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains to also take part in the seminarians’ formation through prayer, support and, where possible, accompaniment.

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, speaks during the Mass for the commencement of the seminary academic year at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. Image: Diocese of Parramatta

“We pray the Holy Spirit’s guidance on them as they begin another academic year,” Bishop Vincent at the Mass, which was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.

“We are very blessed to have these young men discerning their vocation with the view to serving the Church, Christ and his people, through the ordained ministry.

“Seminarians are formed with the people and for the people, not for themselves. Therefore, I invite all God’s people in the Diocese to be the extended formation community for these young men. You do so by your prayer, support and when and where possible, even accompaniment.”

The seminarians of the Diocese’s Holy Spirit Seminary in Harris Park are seen during the Mass for the commencement of the academic year at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. Image: Diocese of Parramatta

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Concelebrating Mass were Fr Robert Riedling, the Dean and Administrator of the Cathedral, and the Seminary’s new Rector, Fr Paul Marshall, and Vice-Rector, Fr John Frauenfelder, whom Bishop Vincent described as both taking a “leap of faith” in this ministry.

“Please join me in praying for their ministry of mentorship, of spiritual formation and guidance,” Bishop Vincent added.

The seminary’s 2022 cohort includes ten seminarians and three transitional deacons on parish placements.

The seminarians and transitional deacons of the Diocese’s Holy Spirit Seminary in Harris Park. Image: Diocese of Parramatta

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The Holy Spirit Seminary and various religious congregations in the Diocese of Parramatta regularly hold Holy Hours for Vocations throughout the year, which allows young people to pray, listen and ask to what God is calling them to be.

We continue to pray for vocations across the Diocese and that young people have the courage to listen and take up God’s call.

To find out more about a vocation to the priesthood in the Diocese of Parramatta, visit www.parracatholic.org/seminary, contact the Holy Spirit Seminary or the Director of Vocations: Priesthood, Fr Christopher Del Rosario on vocations@parracatholic.org.

View images from the Opening Mass of the Seminary’s academic year here or below.

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