Adi Indra a 4th Year seminarian of Corpus Christi College, studying for the Diocese of Sandhurst made his another step forward toward priesthood. Last 12th of March 2016 Saturday, he was accepted as candidate to the Diaconate and Priesthood by the Bishop of the Diocese of Sandhurst, Bishop Leslie Tomlinson, DD. at St. Brendan’s Parish, Shepparton, Victoria.
On Friday 4th March our seminary community was joined by our Archbishops and Bishops of our many dioceses for our opening year Trustees Mass. It is an opportunity for the seminarians, staff and seminary benefactors to come together with our Bishops to celebrate Mass, share a meal and to rejoice in our currently thriving seminary community.
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015 kicked off with a bang on the 3rd of December with the opening plenary energising the young crowd and setting the tone for a faith-filled and exciting weekend. It was great to see such a large gathering of around three and a half thousand young people enthusiastically getting together and proudly embracing their faith.
Every year, Corpus Christi College holds a 'Summer School' for the seminarians prior to the start of the academic year at Catholic Theological College. The Seminary calls upon various experts and specialists in different fields to present a lecture to her students in order to broaden their knowledge on various topics to facilitate their ministry.
Fr Stephen, 28, was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop of Sandhurst, Leslie Tomlinson, at Bendigo’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on Saturday, September 19.
The occasion was celebrated with priests from across the Sandhurst Diocese and beyond, the Corpus Christi College seminary community, Fr Stephen’s family and friends, as well as hundreds of lay faithful.
On the brisk morning of 12 September the Melbourne Archdiocese ordained six of its young men to the Priesthood. For Patrick Bradford, Justel Callos, George Feliciouz, Daryl Montecillo, Joel Peart and Dong Tran this was the culmination of a seven-year journey through the seminary which had seen many ups and downs.
“Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.” With these words, Most Rev Gregory O’Kelly sj, Bishop of Port Pirie, handed the Book of the Gospels to the newly-ordained Reverend Ramel Morales.
No one knows what to expect at Raffle Night. It is an interesting opportunity that occurs annually at the seminary for benefactors and friends to experience a side of their future priests that sometimes remains hidden from them. Raffle Night, which is often remembered for it's comedy, musical performances and unusual skills showcased, was held on the 28 August at Corpus ChristiCollege and is done in conjunction with the Corpus Christi Parents and Friends Association in thanks for the support given to the annual raffle.
Seminarians from Corpus Christi College, joined two hundred other seminarians from across the country, for the 2015 Australian Inter-Seminary Soccer Competition, held from the 1st to the 2nd of August.
On Saturday the 27th of June it was a day of great joy for the Archdiocese of Melbourne with three men ordained to the Priesthood. St. Patrick's Cathedral was filled to capacity to witness Archbishop Denis Hart ordain Reverend Deacons Francis Denton, John-Paul Mount and Charles Balnaves.
The weekend culminated in a Solemn Mass celebrated by the rector, Fr Brendan Lane, and attended by Bishops Mark Edwards and Vincent Long. Sacred Heart Church was filled to capacity and many were visibly moved by the dignity and beauty of the liturgy, embellished by sacred music led by the seminary choir and assisted by organist Dr Paul Taylor.
It was a great day of thanksgiving that three of Melbourne Archdiocese fourth year seminarians; Michael Buck, Kevin Chi-Ong and Ravi Muvvala were installed as acolytes by Archbishop Denis Hart together with two other candidates studying for permanent diaconate.
This is an exciting time for our Church in Australia, especially for our seminary, when we have a positive media coverage (online, newspaper, TV and radio) in the first week of May 2015. Amidst the negative publications about the Church, there is always a glimpse of hope in Jesus Christ, Our Head and Shepherd.
"God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." 1 Cor 1:9
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Every year, the seminarians have the opportunity to go to two recollection weekends where they can pray, reflect and relax.
Jackson Saunders is a first year seminarian for the Diocese of Sandhurst, and he will share his experience on his first recollection weekend in the seminary.
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi has been celebrated by our seminary with renewed vigour in recent years. Over the weekend of Corpus Christi, we usually have 40 Hours of Perpetual Adoration, undertake some form of apostolic works, hold a Mass and Procession, and host a Buffet Dinner for clergy of the Dioceses of Melbourne, Hobart, Ballarat, Sandhurst and Sale.
On Wednesday morning, we departed the seminary on our journey to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu Shrine in Bacchus Marsh, after the long drive, the minibus full of first years was buzzing when on our right hand side we caught a glimpse of the giant Cross landmark on the Ta’ Pinu hill.
“If you want to know what the real seminarians are like, you can always ask their sisters,” said Fr Brendan Lane, the seminary rector, responded by laughter from the congregation at the celebration of Mass, at the start of the annual Seminary Family Day on Sunday 22 March 2015.
On Saturday 20 September 2014, Most Rev. Leslie Tomlinson, Bishop of Sandhurst ordained Stephen Bolling, Junray Rayna and Novelito Lim to the order of Diaconate in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo. This is certainly a joyous occasion for the Diocese and Corpus Christi College seminary.