The Southern Cross : February 2010
The Southern Cross February 2010 Page 15 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au vocations The next Masses for men inquiring about the Priesthood will be held at St Mary s Church, 179 Stanley Street, North Adelaide at 7.30pm on Fridays, 5th February and 5th March. may be what you ve been searching for ... To find out more about Priesthood Fr Dean Marin (Director of Vocations) [P] 8232 8688 [E] firstname.lastname@example.org Mr Oreste Farrugia (Vocations Consultant) [P] 8301 6868 [E] email@example.com www.adelaide.catholic.org.au/sites/CatholicVocationsCentre/ You are invited to be of The order of Canons Regular of Premontre are a community of men (priests and brothers) who are committed to being Church through the profession of Evangelical Counsels, lived in community. This is expressed through the dignified celebration of the Eucharist, Common Prayer (divine office) and other varied pastoral work as a witness to the Resurrection of Christ. The community cordially welcomes any interested men to come and to discern this way of life. Come and check out our Norbertine communal way of life and prayer! For further information: Christopher J. Lim, O. Praem Tel: (08) 9451 5586 Fax: 61-8-9356 1602 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.norbertines.org.au Postal: 135 Treasure Road Queens Park WA 6107, Australia Name :_____________________________________ Address :_____________________________________ Postcode :________State/Region :________________ Country :_____________________________________ E-mail :_____________________________________ Tel :_____________________________________ Hp :_____________________________________ With us on the way to God! W W W W W W W W W Wi i it t t t t t t th h h h huso on n t t t t t t t th h h h h h h h he wa ayt t to oG G G G G G G G G God d d d d d d d d! ! ! ! ! ! ! O One H He ea art A An nd dO On ne eM Miind Leading role Physical exercise and sport provide a good opportunity for Father Philip Marshall to "clear his head" and tackle the many and varied tasks he is required to perform. The Hectorville parish priest swims, cycles and runs on a regular basis and says maintaining his physical fitness is an important way of coping with his hectic schedule. This now includes serving as pro-vicar general of the Archdiocese, as well as continuing to be parish priest at Hectorville Catholic Community and parish administrator at Tranmere, fulfilling the role of Principal at the Catholic Theological College and heading the Leap Ahead program. It's a lot to juggle at one time but Fr Marshall says he wouldn't swap a thing and loves his vocation with a passion. "Being a priest is a wonderful, enjoyable, joyful, invigorating life. I really love what I do," he says. "The gospel of Jesus is the most important thing in the world, a word from God that everybody matters absolutely, and that God is the real goal of all our longings." "I love the contact I have with people. I get to share some grace-filled moments with people at key times in their lives. You form a deep connection with people and I find strength in celebrating Mass with my community. Being a priest is a really beautiful thing to do," he says. From a very young age Fr Marshall knew that he would one day become a priest. "Sadly, I used to make my brothers and sisters come outside and 'play Mass' and of course, I always had the leading role," he laughs. When he finished school at age 16 he thought he was too young to join the seminary so instead went to university and studied Arts, honouring in the Classics. After graduating he moved to Port Augusta to work in the area of community welfare before returning to Adelaide to begin his studies at the St Francis Xavier's Seminary at Rostrevor. Following his ordination Fr Marshall served in Salisbury and Noarlunga Downs and was then fortunate to spend a year studying in Ottawa, Canada, alongside well known Dominican theologian Father Jean-Marie Tillard. "The study meant I could concentrate on the theology of the church and the diocese as well as community theology," Fr Marshall explains. "I was very enriched by the study and could integrate it into the experiences of my life in parishes." Since returning to Adelaide, Fr Marshall has played a significant role in establishing the Hectorville Catholic Community which places strong focus on involving the whole community. "In my work I meet with people at the school, the hospital and at Sunday Mass. We want people to recognise they are all part of an embracing community of men, women and children we call the Church." NEW CHALLENGE: Father Philip Marshall reflects on his life as a priest as he takes on a new role with the Adelaide Archdiocese. Father Philip Marshall has recently been appointed as the Pro-Vicar General of the Adelaide Archdiocese. Together with Vicar General Monsignor David Cappo, he is now able stand in for Archbishop Philip Wilson in his absence, and support him in his ministry and leadership. This month LINDY McNAMARA chats with Fr Marshall about his busy life as a priest. Archbishop's prayer line -- open to everyone If you wish Archbishop Philip Wilson to pray for a special intention ring and leave a message or send fax to 8210 8298. The confidence and privacy of your prayer details will be respected.