Founded in 1939, the Queensland Provincial Seminary is located at Banyo in the Northern suburbs of Brisbane. For over seventy years young men have trained at Banyo in preparation for a life of mission and Priestly ministry in the Catholic Church in Queensland and beyond.
At the heart of the new Seminary buildings is the Oratory. Each day the Seminary community gathers for Mass and prayer in the Oratory. Each Thursday, priests and seminarians come together in the Oratory for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The prayer intention of the community is for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life. It is in the Oratory that priestly hearts are formed by the Holy Spirit.
The Seminary boasts modern lecture facilities, several training rooms, an audio/music room as well as flexible learning areas in the Pacelli Formation Centre. At the hub of Pacelli is the Duhig Art Gallery which houses a fine collection of art which was collected over many years by Archbishop James Duhig. The Gallery opens onto a small cloister with a fine white marble statue of Saint Joseph.
The Seminarians reside in six houses which can accommodate a total of 32 people. Each seminarian has his own room with ensuite. The houses have spacious living areas which open out onto wide breeze ways and terraces which are perfect for the Queensland climate.
Holy Spirit Seminary maintains a Catholic programme of priestly formation closely following the guidelines established by Saint John Paul II in his Apostolic Exhortation Pastores dabo vobis.
The four foundational pillars of formation focus on Human, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Pastoral development. They are the mainstay of all Seminary activities. Added to this is the Mission and Faith formation programme which prepares the student priest for his commitment to evangelization and the sacramental life.
The Human formation programme at Holy Spirit Seminary takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to the formation of future priests. The Seminary features a state of the art Health and Recreation Centre [HARC] where seminarians have access to a personal trainer who assists them to form a healthy balanced lifestyle which will support an active priestly ministry. The HARC includes a 12 metre climbing wall, cardio-vascular training equipment and a weights gym. The personal training programme is but one small part of the Human development programme.
I hope that your visit to the Holy Spirit Seminary website will be informative and inspirational. The work of forming priests for the Church is vital; however it amounts to very little without the generosity of our faith filled and enthusiastic seminarians. I commend them to your prayers.