Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne for ordinations to the diaconate and the priesthood

Saturday 24 June 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

With wonder we come forward for the ordination of Trevor Tibbertsma and Marcus Goulding to the priesthood, of Hubert Fernando to the permanent diaconate; and Tho Tran to the diaconate on his journey to the priesthood. Ordinations are an invitation to young men, supported by the Church, to come forward to be other Christs and Ministers of Word and Sacrament. Today we are surrounded by the joyful prayer and praises of the community of the faithful as these four men come forward to ordained ministry, supported by family, friends, seminarians, priests and bishops alike.

Trevor Tibbertsma studied at Corpus Christi College and more recently has been at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he is preparing to continue further studies in Sacred Scripture; the living Word of God, which reaches into our hearts.

Marcus Goulding has studied here at Catholic Theological College and has also undertaken clinical pastoral education and parish ministry to emphasise that the priesthood is at the service of all of the needs of people in our community.

Hubert Fernando, after a long and gifted working life, has offered himself to serve as a permanent deacon where he will be a minister of liturgy, charity and goodness to people.

Tho Tran comes forward now for diaconate. He brings a wonderful openness, a great care for his family and a hope and joy for the future.

Dear brothers and sisters, in my 50th year as an ordained priest and 20th as a bishop, I never cease to wonder at the mystery of ordination. Young people have come to me to ask to go to the seminary. We see their progress through studies. We see their development in prayer and their ability as pastors and teachers. We see how every seminarian, every priest, is following a call to holiness of life because we ordained are given freely for the needs of people. Our people feel a tremendous joy in the constant flow of candidates and support us by their prayers as they come to support their particular friends here today at this ordination ceremony, where I am joined by the body of priests and bishops of the Archdiocese in extending a welcome and a lifelong promise of prayer for these fine young men who are coming forward.

Homily in Roman Pontifical …..

+ Denis J. Hart,
Archbishop of Melbourne.


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