Ordination of priests and deacons for the Divine Word Order at Saint Paschal’s chapel, Box Hill, on Saturday, 31st October 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today we stand with Marianus Supardi,
SVD, and Uili Uvea, SVD, for priesthood and Michael Wu Pengfei, SVD, Anthony
Li, SVD, and Laurensius Anselmus W. Woda, SVD, for diaconate where, surrounded
by the love of their natural and religious families, they come forward into the
wonderful mystery by which God calls them to Orders to serve the people of God.
It can be said that they are formed by
the Word of God and by response to a missionary vocation so that the Church
will be built up and the love of God will be brought to those who have not as
yet known it and it will be deepened in their hearts and in their lives.
I thank their parents and their
brothers and sisters for giving these men to the Church and God’s people. While there will be times of separation, by your
charity and self-giving you will have an articulate family member working to
help the people of today to engage with the Gospel.
These young men have been well formed
in their Divine Word vocation and will go forward with confidence, trusting in
the Lord. What is before them the Lord
only knows. However, he is their
strength and their shield; he helps them to know that their words and deeds
will carry them forward into the special vocation of priesthood or diaconate to
which they are called in today’s ceremony.
By the imposition of hands and the
gift of the Holy Spirit they will be given the grace and strength needed to
carry out the ministry which is given to them among the ordained, so that
conformed to Christ the Priest they will be given in the Church for the
salvation of all.
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.