Catholic Vocations
Archdiocese of Melbourne

The Annual Vocations Retreat for Young Men was held over the weekend 21-24 June 2013.

While vocations in some parts of the Catholic Church have plummeted, in others they're increasing. Seminary numbers are healthier than they have been for a long time, and one convent has lured 10 young women in five years.

On Sunday 21st April 2013 the Church celebrated World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Corpus Christi College has recently welcomed new Seminarians to study for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, On this day when the Church celebrates the Feast of the Birthday of Our Lady, together with Cardinal Pell and my brother bishops and priests, I welcome each and every one of you for this very special and historic ordination. We accompany eight men to the altar for ordination as priests in the Catholic Church.

On 8th September another eight men were ordained by Archbishop Denis Hart to join Fr Michael Gallacher who was ordained on 29th June as Priests of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Rev Frs Neil Fryer, James Grant, Andrew McCarter, Benneth Osuagwu, Jerome Santamaria, Christopher Seton, Kevin Williams and Ramsay Williams were welcomed by priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese and a great number of family, friends and parishioners who packed St Patrick's Cathedral for the ordinations.

The latest edition of Vocations News has articles from the Director, on the 9 ordinations to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Melbourne in 2012, on the Vocations Retreat, a report on the recent Vocations Expo, some students reflections from a Vocations Forum at St Monica's College, and dates for the remainder of 2012.

The annual Vocations Retreat for young men who are considering a vocation to the diocesan priesthood will be held 21-24 September at Pallotti College in Millgrove. A MUST for men who wish to apply to enter the Seminary, this is a great opportunity to spend some time apart with the Lord discerning his plan for your life.

Thanks to all the people who attended our Vocations Expo last night. It was a fantastic success - sorry we hadn't ordered more pizza!

Catholic Vocations has developed a new set of brochures promoting the five Christian Vocations - Single Life, Marriage, Consecrated Life for Men and Women and the Priesthood. Sent to all Parishes for National Vocations Awareness Week - look in your local church for these new resources.

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News and Events

9 News Story

Channel 9 news last week covered the ordination of Melbourne's newest priests. Click here to watch the video.


Vocations Retreat

A Vocations Retreat for young men will be run from 23 - 26 September 2011. Contact the Vocations Office for details.


New Priests for Archdiocese of Melbourne

Congratulations to Fathers Nicholas Pearce, Richard Rosse, Aurelio Fragapane and Jossy Kizhakkethalackal, ordained Priests for the Archdiocese of Melbourne on September 11, 2010.


National Vocations Awareness Week 2010

National Vocations Awareness Week will this year take place from the 1st -8th of August. A kit of resources has been mailed out to all parishes and Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, which includes our new poster featuring the seminarians of Corpus Christi College. All NVAW resources are available to download here.


Vocations News Winter 2010

The latest edition of Vocations News is now available. Click Here to Download or contact us to order free copies.


Corpus Christi Procession

Despite the cold and wet weather, the Melbourne Seminary's Corpus Christi procession was a great success, with over 500 people joining the walk down Lygon St. Click here to view photos.


Conclusion of Year for Priests

The Year for Priests has now reached its conclusion. Please continue to pray for our priests and seminarians.

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