By Jackson Saunders
Corpus Christi College has welcomed its first year students for 2018.
The seminary has welcomed five new students, which takes the current student enrolment to 50 students.
There are four students studying for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, while there is also one for the Ballarat Diocese. Cristhian Azuero Betancour, Ezekiel Hangan, Tue Pham and Ignatius Tan are studying for Melbourne, while Peter Trinh Cay is studying for Ballarat.
The first year intake include students from four different cultures, including Australia, Columbia, Vietnam and Singapore.
Fr Ed Moloney, priest of the Ballarat Diocese, is the first year formator at the seminary for the third successive year and will assist the students in their transition to seminary life.
A few days after arriving at the seminary the first year intake took part in a 6-day orientation Retreat. The Retreat provided an opportunity for the students to get to know each other and to reflect on their own faith and vocation journey.
The students begin their academic formation with university classes at Catholic Theological College this week, while they have also commenced their pastoral work for the first year program at local Catholic primary schools in the Melbourne area.