Three young SVD missionaries ordained

Tuesday 14 October 2014
By Debra Vermeer, Kairos Catholic Journal
IT was a joyful occasion for the Divine Word Missionaries Australian Province when three young missionaries were ordained to the priesthood in a beautiful, multicultural celebration at St Paschal’s Chapel, Box Hill, on Saturday 13 September.

Frs Trien Nguyen SVD, Prakash Menezes SVD and Bedi Asmon SVD were ordained by Bishop Eugene Hurley of Darwin. The three men, Prakash from India, Trien from Vietnam and Bernadinus (Bedi) from Indonesia, have been in Australia for the past few years completing their formation at Dorish Maru College, Box Hill.

In his homily, Bishop Hurley said it was an ‘enormous privilege’ to be asked to ordain the men. ‘There’s nothing that makes you more aware of the fact that you’re a bishop than ordaining a priest,’ he said.

Bishop Hurley expressed gratitude ‘to both God and the families of these three men’. He emphasised the ‘great contribution that families make to the Church by encouraging and supporting their sons to be priests, particularly in a foreign place’. He urged the three missionaries to launch into priestly life with a sense of enormous privilege to be able to serve God, particularly in the people who will surround them. He said this should be done with great joy.

‘You can’t maintain that joyful fidelity without a deep and abiding relationship with the Lord himself,’ he said. ‘If that fades, then everything fades along with it. We need to be intimate with the Lord in prayer, in the Eucharist and in recognising him in the people we serve.’ St Paschal’s Chapel was full to overflowing, with confrères, family and friends—­a number of whom had flown in from overseas for the occasion. Some of those family members and friends took part in the investiture of the stole and chasuble during the ordination.

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