Ordination Reflection

Bishop Michael's Ordination Reflection

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Michael McCarthy was celebrated under the clear skies of Rockhampton and amidst a prevailing mood of hope and optimism for the future. The newly-ordained Shepherd – a former Rector of the Holy Spirit Seminary – was alternately jovial and direct in his first official remarks to his flock, combining amusing reflections on his priestly ministry with a serious call for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained Bishop McCarthy in a packed St Joseph’s Cathedral in the presence of the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Paul Gallagher. The attendance of a wide selection of the Episcopate from the Province of Queensland, as well as Bishops from around the country – even Bishop Lucius Ugorji of Umuahia in Nigeria – attested to the importance of this event for the People of God in the Diocese of Rockhampton which last ordained a Bishop in 1991. The Seminarians and Staff of Holy Spirit Seminary wish Bishop Michael well and pray that his Ministry might continue to be fruitful in his new role leading the Church in Rockhampton.

-Sebastian Condon

Peter Street's Diaconal Ordination Reflection

My whole life I have been waiting to respond to the call from God to be a priest; this step of ordination to the diaconate was a major step on the journey. The readings spoke of service and the love of Christ from which nothing can separate us. The music lifted the soul. As I lay prostrate before the Altar, I was humbled to hear people invoking the saints to help me. I was convinced when the bishop layed hands on my head that I was doing the right thing. To be able to serve at the Altar and proclaim the Gospel is an immense privilege. I have been excising my diaconal ministry at Masses since my ordination and have had the honour of conferring the Sacrament of Baptism for the first time.  I ask for prayers as I continue my formation to serve our Church and our loving God.


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