Seminarians choose new field to ‘meet and greet’

Until now, the annual seminarians soccer match has been the only opportunity for Australia

A new conference for seminarians across Australia aims to improve the connection between men training for the priesthood. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Gerard Lai hopes to be a priest by 2023 and the thought begs the question – how well does he know other future priests around Australia? The answer: not well at all.

Mr Lai said while he knew his fellow Queensland seminarians, contact with other seminarians was rare.

The only scheduled time to meet and greet other future priests is at the annual soccer tournament, which has been postponed twice because of the pandemic.

Frustrated by this lack of connection, Mr Lai and two fellow Queensland seminarians, BJ Perrett and William Brennan, issued a proposal to every Australian seminary in support of a new national conference of seminarians.

This month, the inaugural conference will be hosted in Brisbane, attended by representatives from all six diocesan seminaries, and the Neocatechumenal seminaries in Western Australia and New South Wales.

Mr Lai said he looked forward to learning from other seminarians, and possibly implementing some of their formation styles in the Queensland provincial seminary.

The conference will see input from Mission and Faith Formation director at Holy Spirit Seminary Shayne Bennett and theology lecturer Verbum Dei Sister Maeve Heaney.

Sr Heaney will discuss the new guidelines being formulated for the formation of priests in Australia.


New conference to boost connection among Australia’s seminarians (By Emilie Ng, The Catholic Leader

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