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The Southern Cross : March 2012
Page 4 March 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news Three South Australian World Youth Day pilgrims joining the priesthood and the convent this year say youth, now more than ever, are responding to the "call" to give themselves entirely in service to the Church. "Youth are longing for something deeper," says Hugo Chis, 19, who last month began his postulancy in North Adelaide with the Dominican Order. "We are still attracting young people and therefore we are relevant and we do have a future as a Church," says Bernadette Toohey, 28, who last month joined the Australian order, the Missionaries of God's Love. Jack Blanch, 24, who will enter Corpus Christi College in Melbourne in April, says while the number of ordained priests is growing smaller, the role of the clergy is no less fulfilling and, indeed, is more important today than ever. "The stakes are higher now," says Jack. "There are so many people who fail to see intrinsic happiness and they are searching for something more meaningful," he says. The trio have all spent time as youth ministers at various Catholic schools and parishes across the Adelaide Archdiocese over the past seven years. They also attribute their calling, in part, to a World Youth Day experience. Bernadette was 21 years old and fresh out of a media and marketing university degree when she attended World Youth Day 2005 in Germany. Two years later she was involved in the epic Australian journey of the World Youth Day Cross in preparation for WYD in Sydney in 2008. While in Rome receiving the cross on behalf of Australian youth, she met a Sister from the Missionaries of God's Love and later a priest from the same order. "It changed my life," she says of the meeting. Hugo and Jack both attended WYD in Sydney in 2008 and from there their lives changed course. It was in Sydney that Hugo met Dominican clergy at a vocations expo when he was 16-years-old and, though schooled at Cabra College (founded by the Dominican Order), the charism of the order made priesthood more real to him. "As a child, I always loved the priesthood," he says. He became an altar server at six years old at St Therese Church, Colonel Light Gardens, and until last month was the Master of Ceremonies at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral. "Priesthood was always in the back of my mind but I resisted it until World Youth Day because I always thought I'd have a wife, kids and a house." Jack too believes the international Catholic youth festival in Sydney was a driving force towards the seminary. Already thinking of religious life before the event, he says: "World Youth Day made me feel really alive and passionate." He has spent the past three years as youth minister for the southern cluster parishes and at Aberfoyle Park Parish. "I see God's call through circumstance," he says. "It's pretty obvious for any young man working in the Church that there is a drastic need for priests." NEW LIFE: (L-R) Bernadette Toohey, Jack Blanch and Hugo Chis believe youth have a vibrant and meaningful role in the future of the Church. Youth answer the 'call' Privacy and peace in a premium burial courtyard. 8139 7400 Port Road, Cheltenham 5014 www.aca.sa.gov.au TRANQUILLITY CORNER New Bishops Pope Benedict XVI has announced the appointment of new bishops to the Perth and Sandhurst dioceses. Bishop Les Tomlinson has been appointed Bishop of Sandhurst, following the sudden and untimely death of Bishop Joe Grech just over 12 months ago. Bishop Tomlinson has been Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne since 2003 and was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in 2009. Bishop Tomlinson was installed as the seventh Bishop of Sandhurst at Sacred Heart Cathedral Bendigo on March 1. Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Costelloe SDB DD has been appointed as Archbishop Barry J Hickey's successor for the Archdiocese of Perth. He will officially take possession of the Perth Archdiocese on March 21 during a Solemn Mass and Liturgical Reception in St Mary's Cathedral, Perth. Dig over Archaeologists and students from Flinders University have completed their second dig at the Penola site where Mary MacKillop set up her first school in 1866. The latest archaeological activity failed to find the site of the actual stable building, despite "a false alarm" during last week. Associate Professor Heather Burke said that after "initial excitement" when it was thought that remnants of the stable had been located, further work had shown this was not the case. With the excavation work now complete, the planned development of the site -- as a significant place of reflection and prayer, as well as a premier tourist destination -- will proceed. 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