Tuesday 14 October 2014
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.
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.
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.