The Maronite Eparchy of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania has a new priest, following the ordination of Fr Michael Boudaher at Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Thornbury, in inner-north Melbourne. Source: Maronites.
Although a promising career in law was ahead of him, Fr Boudaher heard and accepted the call to the priesthood 10 years ago. He completed his Bachelor of Laws and joined the seminary in 2015.
“Throughout my life, my parents nourished my faith, and when I was a young child, creative play sometimes meant I ‘put on a Mass’ for my family,” Fr Boudaher said.
“Whilst I did everything except take up a collection, unbeknown to me and my family were the early workings of the Holy Spirit and the seeds of a vocation to the priesthood.”
Fr Boudaher was ordained last month by Maronite Eparch Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay. In his homily, Bishop Tarabay expressed his great joy at Fr Boudaher's ordination, emphasising that the call to priestly ministry is indeed a great gift.
“Each soul is infinitely precious to God, and each priest is a reminder that the priesthood was initiated by Our Lord for the salvation of souls,” Bishop Tarabay said.
“For those who answer the call to the priesthood, as Fr Michael has, the gift offered by God is of unimaginable grace. The priest becomes the bridge between humanity and the divine. He is the door through whose ministry in the sacraments, especially the Eucharistic miracle, eternal graces descend to the earth. He acts in the person of Christ when he stands at the altar.”