Hundreds of friends, fellow Catholics and families flew in from overseas and nationally for the official recognition, by the Vatican, of the Missionaries of God's Love as a religious institution, reports the Archdiocese of Sydney.
With the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, the Most Rev Christopher Prowse presiding, it was standing room only at the Inauguration Mass at St Christopher's Cathedral, Canberra on Saturday.
During the Mass, the founder and Moderator of MGL, Father Ken Barker who was ordained at St Christopher's Cathedral in 1974, made his vows public before Archbishop Prowse. This was then followed by MGL's 19 ordained priests, an ordained deacon and others making their perpetual vows public before their founder, Fr Ken.
Archbishop Prowse said he believed the Missionaries of God's Love is a sign of one of the great fruits of the charismatic and new ecclesial movements in the Church today.
'They bring great hope and joy to not only our diocese but Australia and beyond. We certainly wish them well and thank them for the good example they bring and the impulse of grace they show and we hope to see more vocations to the priesthood and religious life as a result of their apostolate.'
Photo: Fr Ken Barker with concelebrants at the Jubilee Mass of the MGL Sisters
FULL STORY Inauguration of Missionaries of God's Love (Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney)