TOTUS: Creating a Culture of Vocations

By Genevieve Lee, 31 October 2023
Simon Carrington, co-founder of Fire Up Ministries, speaks to young men during TOTUS, an initiative of Catholic Youth Parramatta and the Diocesan Vocations team at St Patrick's Cathedral Hall, Parramatta. Image: Supplied


On the first Wednesday of October, young men from across the Diocese gathered in St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, Parramatta, to share a meal and listen to the sharing of Simon Carrington. The Fire Up Ministries co-founder, opened up about his journey towards marriage and the difficulties of leaning into God’s will.

Bringing a different perspective to the Vocations conversation, Simon’s testimony and witness gave insight into how the desire to love authentically becomes real and strengthened by the love one has for Christ.

The newly appointed Director for Priestly Vocations and Administrator of Our Lady of the Nativity Parish, Lawson, Fr Galbert Albino, spoke of his great joy to be leading this space. Fr Galbert assured the young men present that he is “sure that the Holy Spirit is working here in our Diocese, in you our young men.”

When asked about the importance of formation for young men, Simon said they need spaces where they can have deep conversations, ask the hard questions and find brotherhood as the answers unravel.

Feeling privileged to speak with the TOTUS group, Simon shared that it was an exciting time for young men around the Diocese as more young people take up the responsibility to seek out deeper theological formation.

Speaking optimistically, Fr Galbert was excited for 2024, in particular with the Vocations ‘Come & See’ experience days making a return.

The TOTUS initiative, organised by Catholic Youth Parramatta in collaboration with the Diocesan Vocations team, takes place several times a year and invites young men into a deeper understanding of God through creating a space to explore their faith and issues that arise when discerning their vocation.

If you would like to learn more about TOTUS or would like to discuss about discerning your call to vocation, please contact Fr Galbert Albino at


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