Sydney-born Verbum Dei Missionary priest, Fr Gregory Morgan, has spent the past 27 years spreading God's Word in countries across the world. Now on the eve of his 50th birthday, he is back home.
For more than quarter of a century, his theological studies and mission have seen him living for periods of six months to several years in Columbia, Venezuela, Spain, the Philippines, Ireland, Germany, the US and Italy.
Since December last year, the missionary priest has taken on a new role as Administrator of St Joseph's Catholic Parish, Rosebery. Appointed by the Archdiocese of Sydney just before Christmas, he loves his work as a parish priest and describes this new role as immensely 'fulfilling and rewarding.'
'I like being back and I like being a parish priest,' he says simply.
However he also adds that as Administrator of St Joseph's Catholic Parish at Rosebery he is very aware that he has 'very big shoes to fill.'
'Fr Chris Sheehy will not be an easy act to follow,' he says, paying tribute to St Joseph's former parish priest who died unexpectedly of a heart attack in August 2011. Fr Greg says Fr Chris was not only much loved but is still very much missed by all who knew him.
Fr Greg's mother visited while he was based in the Philippines and where he introduced her to a live boa constrictor. Although Fr Greg never had the privilege of knowing Fr Chris for very long, there was nevertheless a strong bond between the two, for it was Fr Chris who gave Sydney's Verbum Dei Missionary Community a new home at St Joseph's Parish after the Community's house in Kensington was destroyed by Sydney's devastating hailstorm of April 1999.
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