On Sunday 7th February eleven continuing students returned to the Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland after their annual vacation during which they experienced either a parish pastoral placement or a group visit to the Holy Land. For two days they shared these experiences in a formal way. Three others began an internship in different Parishes of the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Four new students commenced the first year of formation on Sunday 14th January. Two of these young men are from the Philippines, one from Toowoomba and the other from the neighbouring Banyo-Nundah Parishes. The five Diocese of Queensland cherish the Seminary which prepares future priests for the Church in the State and beyond.
Twelve priests, of whom I have known eleven, have served as Rectors of the Seminary. Half were from students here. This year the Seminary celebrates 75 yrs since its opening in 1941. They have each contributed in significant ways to the Seminary’s rich and varied history including transition from Pius XII Seminary on “Beehive Hill” at Banyo through an interim phase at Wavell heights to the present more recently constructed Seminary on the Banyo site, adjacent to the original which is now the Brisbane Campus of the Australian Catholic University.
The splendid facilities testify to the foresight of the Queensland Bishops and oversight of the past two Rectors in particular: Father (now Bishop) Michael McCarthy and Monsignor Anthony Randazzo. The staff are extremely privileged to be part of the journey of generous and willing young men who aspire to the priesthood.
Together all form one faith community ever welcoming of prayer encouragement and support. May God’s Spirit clothe our efforts and God’s grace sustain them. We are united in ways of mercy and divine love.
Thank you for your interest in those open to discerning the unfolding mystery of Christ in their lives and in the life of the Church. The Seminary has ample room for others who wish to join this fine community. We would love to make you feel at home with us.
Msgr. John Grace