A remarkable journey will reach a new stage in Sydney on Saturday when Br Robert Krishna OP is ordained a priest by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP at St Benedict’s, Broadway, The Catholic Weekly reports.
Br Robert’s journey began in Bangalore, India. Originally a Hindu, he became an atheist at the age of 10, and in his late teens considered himself an agnostic.
When he was almost 18 he arrived in Australia and began a science degree at the University of Sydney, hoping to major in physics. In 2001, about three years into his degree, he decided that this area of study was not his forte. At this time, he also began to suffer from depression.
The philosophical side to this depression was a worry about whether his own life, and judgements, human life and human judgements, and the world in general had any transcendent value at all, or if they were mere “sound and fury, signifying nothing”.
It seemed to him that the only alternative was that the world and human beings had value because they were valued by someone not transient – God. And the only reasonable historical claimant to divine status was Jesus Christ. So he began attending an Anglican church and was baptised in September 2002.
Around this time, Br Robert encountered some Catholics at Sydney University.
“I was converted through their example and conversations, rather than through their arguments” he said.
He was received into the Church in 2003 and confirmed a year later by then-Bishop Anthony Fisher OP.
Br Robert met the Dominicans through the Sydney University chaplaincy and through a friend who had decided he would make a good Dominican before he had even become Catholic.
After a long period of discernment, he eventually applied and was accepted into the Dominican Order in 2010.
Hindu to Atheist to Agnostic to Anglican to Catholic to priest (The Catholic Weekly)