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.
On Saturday 13 September 2014, Archbishop Denis Hart ordained Reverend Deacons Minh Tran, Linh Pham and Sang Ho to the priesthood, and Justel Callos, Daryl Montecillo, Patrick Bradford, Joel Peart, Dong Tran and George Feliciouz to the Diaconate.
On Sunday 18th May the Priest’s Support and Education Fund launched its annual appeal at Corpus Christi College, the Regional Seminary for Victoria and Tasmania. The Fund was established in 1998 by the Knights of the Southern Cross and raises funds for the ongoing education of seminarians and clergy for the dioceses of Victoria and Tasmania as well as the Military Ordinariate.