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Fr Chris de Sousa CRS: Being intentional with your discernment at...

Prior to my vocation as a religious order priest, I worked as a lawyer in Perth and was an active youth leader and serving acolyte for the Somascan Fathers, who took pastoral carriage of my native parish in 2004.

Promising doctor joins bumper crop of new seminarians to discern priestly...

Christopher Pinto had his life all mapped out, a career in medicine, a wife, and lots of kids—or so he thought. The talented young doctor had a partner and was on his way to becoming a gastroenterologist, a decision inspired by the death of his dad from cancer. Then he felt the call to discernment...

Large turnout? A good problem for a seminary

Bumper numbers turned out at the Good Shepherd Seminary’s Open Day last weekend, confirming that despite the seeming challenges in Australia today, young men...

Fr Michael de Stoop: Biggest Bumper Crop in the Lord’s Harvest

This year, the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Homebush, which was established in 1996, has received its largest intake of new seminarians throughout...

Preoccupations led to important gaps

A plenary focus on governance at the expense of discipleship is short-sighted I was both excited and perplexed when the Bishops called us into a...

Plenary ‘reformers’ spit the dummy

St Gregory of Nazianzus, the fourth-century pillar of orthodoxy and doctor of the Church, knew better than most the trials that come with responsibility.

Sebastian Condon: Lessons in a kind-of crisis

By Sebastian Condon My recent re-entry into the dating pool after more than half a decade in religious life has brought with it some interesting...

Fr Daniele is the pastor of pasta!

Fr Daniele Russo is a God-send for those “kneading” spiritual direction.

Journey to Discernment

It's a question faced by everyone starting a career … what’s my calling? Some refer to it as a profession, others a vocation. For those...

Plenary President urges Catholics to pray for discernment

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says that without a profound engagement with the Church’s tradition of discernment there is a risk Australian Catholics may...

No easy answers as Plenary papers released

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB released six discernment papers on Pentecost Sunday in a step towards the fifth Plenary Council of Australia. The documents are the...

Simcha Fisher: Your boyfriend is not your husband

Your boyfriend is not your husband. Your fiancé is not your husband, either. Maybe you think I'm now going to yell at you for having...
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