Daughters of Charity - Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul (DC)
176 Balaclava Road
MARSFIELD NSW 2122
Ph: 02 9889 0355
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Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
113 Jasper Road
Bentleigh Vic 3204
Ph: 03 9557 1130
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Our community life centres around the Eucharist. As apostolic religious women who are called to live in union with Mary, the spirituality of the Heart of Jesus, we strive to integrate the contemplative and apostolic elements in all aspects of our religious life.
Daughters of St Paul
Strathfield NSW 2135
Ph: (02) 9746 2717
Fax: (02) 9764 4944
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De La Salle Brothers (FSC)
Po Box 3485
Bankstown NSW 2200
Ph: (02) 9795 6412
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Minimum three-year degree or trade; or significant work experience with/without qualifications
Parramatta Seminarians with Bishop Anthony - 2010
Formation in faith and living for every follower of Christ is life-long. But specifically in relation to the ordained priesthood for Parramatta Diocese, the first step would be to get in touch with Fr Paul Roberts. Fr Paul is the Parish Priest of Granville and is also the Diocesan Vocation Director. You can have a chat with him about what’s involved. Put briefly, the journey to ordination is interesting and full. Each person brings his own unique gifts into a brotherly journey with companions in the Diocese’s Seminary house. There is an ongoing programme of spiritual and personal development, university level academic studies and ministry formation, a whole range of pastoral experiences and placements and a growing identity with and belonging in the wider Diocesan family.
Fr Warren Edwards
Parramatta Diocesan Vocations
PO Box 3066
North Parramatta NSW 1750
Phone: (08) 8642 2847
Fax: (08) 8641 2187
Honoring the Sacred - Our Call to Holiness
THE DIOCESE OF WAGGA WAGGA
The Diocese of Wagga Wagga was established in 1918 and is located in Southern New South Wales. The Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers are significant geographical features of our area and on our eastern border lies the Great Dividing Range. The Cathedral is in the city of Wagga Wagga, midway between Sydney and Melbourne. The diocese includes other rural cities and many country towns.
Our faith communities are nourished and sustained by the sacramental life of the Church administered and accessed through 30 parishes served by 50 active priests. The diocese also operates 34 schools and has many male and female religious serving the Church in varied apostolates.
Two characteristics which set the Wagga Wagga diocese apart from many dioceses are the continuing presence of a priest in many small country communities, and having the youngest average age for priests in all of Australia.
As fellow-workers with the bishop, priests in the diocese of Wagga Wagga have the opportunity to help build up the Kingdom of God in many different circumstances: city parishes; country parishes; schools; colleges; university; hospitals; nursing homes; army and air-force bases; prisons; the police force; the homeless; adult education; youth groups; and working as chaplains to a variety of Catholic groups and organisations. The mission and ministry of the diocesan priest is well summed up in the four questions the ordaining bishop asks the candidate for priesthood during the ordination liturgy.
Are you resolved, with the help of the Holy Spiirt, to discharge without fail the office of priesthood as conscientious fellow workers with the bishops in caring for the Lord's flock?
Are you resolved to celebrate the mysteries of Christ (The Mass and the Sacraments) faithfully and religiously as the Church has handed them down to us for the glory of God and the sanctification of Christ's people?
Are you resolved to exercise the ministry of the word worthily and wisely, preaching the Gospel and explaining the Catholic faith?
Are you resolved to consecrate your life to God for the salvation of his people, and to unite yourself more closely every day to Christ the High Priest, who offered himself for us to the Father as a perfect sacrifice? Does your heart desire to say yes to these questions? Then read on.
Formation and Seminary Life:
Men accepted as candidates for the priesthood undertake the seven-year process of formation at Vianney College, the Diocesan Seminary located at Wagga Wagga. Founded in 1992, Vianney College has been at the vanguard of a renewed approach to priestly training inspired by Pope John Paul II’s “Pastores dabo vobis”, combining well-tried traditions with new ideas.
The Chapel forms the heart of the seminary, symbolizing the priority given to the formation of a healthy spiritual life suitable for the diocesan priest. The seminary program includes daily Mass, prayer in common, regular days of recollection, and retreats. Each seminarian also meets regularly with his own personal spiritual director.
The academic life of the seminary encourages future priests to “think with the Church”, that is, to be loyal to, and to understand, the teachings of the Church. The aim is to “always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, … with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15-16). Areas of formal study include Sacred Scripture, Philosophy, Theology, Liturgy, Sacraments, Church History, Latin, Greek and other related disciplines.
Future priests in a rural diocese are trained in a rural setting and form strong pastoral links with the local Church. Seminarians are introduced to a program of pastoral formation that involves them in many aspects of Church life in a variety of parishes. Pastoral experience is carefully monitored so that the seminarian can develop the skills required for dealing with people in a variety of pastoral situations.
Seminarians live in comfortable, well-equipped accommodation; form long-lasting friendships; enjoy free-time and vacations; and grow in the knowledge and love of God and his people. In the seminary, a man’s natural gifts are nurtured and refined so he may carry out God’s work effectively.
Fr Rick Micallef
Vocations Director & Promoter
St Michael's Cathedral
PO Box 133
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Phone: 02 6921 2164
Serve the individuals and families within his Parish
Strong interpersonal abilities
Offer pastoral service
The Society of the Divine Word is an international community of Catholic missionaries: priests and brothers, founded in 1875 by a German priest, St. Arnold Janssen. He built a missionary training center in Holland. Within four years, he sent the first Divine Word Missionaries to China, among them was Joseph Freinademetz, SVD, now a saint.
The Divine Word Missionaries primarily work where the Gospel has not yet been preached at all or only insufficiently and where the local church is not yet viable on its own. The mission of the Society of the Divine Word is to carry out Christ’s command to preach the Gospel to all nations through pastoral and sacramental ministry, teaching and working among those in need. The society has shown a steady growth in membership since World War II. Presently there are more than 6,000 priests and brothers serving in 70 countries in the world.
God’s loving grace gathered us from various peoples and continents into a religious missionary community dedicated to Christ, the Divine Word.
As Divine Word Missionaries, we are men of prayer and faith, embodying the mission expressed in our SVD Constitution’s preamble: “He made the goodness and kindness of God visible in his life and service to all.”
Every member is involved in a particular and unique ministry as we spread the Word of God. We serve where the Gospel has not yet been preached and where the local church is not yet established.
We are working world-wide in various ministries that include:
Parish pastoral and sacramental ministries
Educational and religious training and teaching
Youth, adult and family programs and service
Lay leadership programs
Counseling and chaplaincy services
Economic, justice and peace ministries
Interreligious dialogue ministries
As Divine Word Missionaries, our charism has continued to grow in the spirit of our founder, St. Arnold Janssen. He envisioned a missionary order of priests and brothers who would go everywhere the Gospel had not yet to be proclaimed. He is the man of faith and prayer who had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, the Archangels, the Holy Trinity and in particular, to the Holy Spirit, who represents the Divine Word as expressed in the first chapter of St. John’s Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word…” Our Society of the Divine Word derives its name and mission from this favorite passage of St. Arnold Janssen.
Our international community life and ministry is a special charism of our society. We are now fulfilling St. Arnold’s dream that is a global missionary congregation. Members from many nations live, work and minister together in an intercultural environment. Serving in the far-reaching missions of the Catholic Church, we preach the Word where it has not yet been heard.
Our SVD members profess vows of consecrated chastity, evangelical poverty and apostolic obedience. We learn the languages and cultures of those whom we serve, and are open to leaving our home countries to minister in any one of our society’s global missions. Utilizing our particular gifts, we minister as pastors, teachers and administrators- or we may use our talents in areas like science, technology and practical skills, living and working side by side with those we serve.
“As members of the Society of the Divine Word, we consider it our duty to proclaim the word of God to all, to bring new communities into being within the people of God, to foster their growth and to promote communion among them as well as with the whole Church. We work first and foremost where the Gospel has not been preached at all or only insufficiently and where the local church is not viable on its’ own. Other tasks must be oriented towards these primary aims.” (SVD Constitutions)
POSTULANCY: Postulancy is seen as the first of experience of community life for the candidate. It is a time to deepen the understanding of his own vocation, and to experience religious missionary life in the community.
NOVITIATE: Novitiate provides a special time and environment for the nurturing and deepening of his growing vocation. The Novitiate will build upon what is already underway in a person’s life.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: The academic program is based in Box Hill, Victoria. We study philosophy and theology at the Yarra Theological Union College (YTU). We also combine this with pastoral exposure. Students need to fulfill two or three years OTP course (Overseas Training Program). Some students undertake professional courses at universities.
We invite you to follow Jesus Christ. Be a Divine Word missionary for Christ’s mission is our mission. Join us and you will be happy to fulfill your missionary dream of working with God’s own people!
Fr. Viet Nguyen SVD
Divine Word Missionaries
Residential Address: 199 Epping Rd, Marsfield NSW 2122
Postal address: Locked Bag 3, Epping NSW 1710
Tel: +61 (02) 9868 9062
From the Risen Lord who invites her to follow him