Overseas priests’ deep faith
More than 15 overseas priests who serve in the Archdiocese were praised by Archbishop Christopher Prowse for their “very deep faith”.
They were gathered at the Archbishop’s House in Canberra for an annual lunch.
The priests come from across the world including India, Nigeria, the Philippines, Samoa and Singapore.
St John the Apostle assistant priest Fr Michael Stephan, who is in his first appointment as a newly ordained priest, said the priests “have a really good friendship with each other”.
They shared stories of their priestly journey, and focused on what the word ‘hope’ means to them.
Tumut parish priest Fr George Ogah reflected on the pandemic and how it had made many people including himself feel isolated.
“The lockdowns, restrictions and not being able to celebrate Mass with people were very difficult for me,” he said.
“My one message was that at the end of the tunnel there is always a bright light, and in every difficult situation the light of Christ will prevail.”
He said he was grateful for the friendships he has made with other priests because he came to Australia without family.
Archbishop Christopher prayed and thanked them for their service in living out the Word of the Lord.
“You bring very deep faith and an expression of the Catholic Church universally to a rural Archdiocese which is much-admired,” he said.
“I hope that when you look back on your priesthood you can say some of the best years of your life were spent here in the Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese.”