The Southern Cross : November 2010
The Southern Cross November 2010 Page 17 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au vocations Adelaide Archdiocese seminarian Deng Chuor shares his experience of pastoral placement at the Mount Gambier Parish. After three months in the parish, I have developed a deeper understanding of the priesthood. My pastoral placement has shed light on my understanding of the priest more than before. I have seen the life of the priest revolving around his parish; making sure everyone of his parishioners is well fed with God's very own Word. Mount Gambier has helped me to understand more fully that to be a priest, one must have a heart like that of Christ...this same heart drives young men today to give up everything they know and love to follow Christ; it is this heart that "never sees a need without doing something about it," (St Mary of the Cross). I came to the South East at the right time -- when Mother Mary of the Cross was being canonised. As I learn more about this phenomenal woman, I find myself admiring her so much. She was a true follower of Christ and one that every Australian should look up to. St Mary of the Cross has been canonised at the right time as our country goes through spiritual poverty. She has a lot to teach all Australians and the lesson she teaches us is that which is found through and through in the Gospel. The second commandment of "love thy neighbour" which we all know in Australia does not make sense unless we love the one who created this neighbour and to love this creator, one must know and believe in Him first. This is one of the things Mother Mary of the Cross was known for, a true believer and great promoter of humanity. As I visit Tenison Woods College every Thursday, I am greatly encouraged by the new generation of young Catholics in Australia who truly treasure the life St Mary of the Cross and their local hero, Fr Julian Tenison Woods. These youngsters, as I see them, could be my parishioners one day and it gives me great joy to know that. Inspired by St Mary I am greatly encouraged by the new generation of young Catholics in Australia.