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As a child, Eka Tanaya SJ had dreams
like many others of having a family and
a career. Although he went to Canisius
College in Jakarta, a Jesuit school,
he never considered the priesthood.
Laughing, Eka admits that he thought,
‘there’s no money in it.’
But years later, Eka was a businessman
at lunch with friends when he had an
experience that would stir the beginnings
of his vocation to the Jesuits. While leaving
the restaurant, he noticed the same person
who served them lunch outside eating at a
street vendor stall; they couldn't afford to
eat in the restaurant where they worked.
Eka started to see the huge gap between
the ‘haves and the have nots’. He realised:
“things are often twisted to benefit those
who already have so much. And I started
In 2007, Eka was introduced to the Jesuits
at St Mary’s Jesuit parish in North Sydney.
It was at St Mary’s that a Latin inscription
caught his attention: Ad Majorem Dei
Gloriam (For the greater glory of God).
After a time of discernment Eka entered
the Jesuit novitiate in 2010 and took his
first vows in February 2012. He is currently
finishing a Masters of education and plans
on teaching commerce and religion in
secondary school. He says religious life is
a journey that offers something different
“You get to enjoy or sometimes suffer in
the journey. Another day is just another
step, another milestone. It’s a privilege
given to me on a daily basis,” he says.
Find out more about Jesuit vocations
at www.jesuitvocation.org.au or www.
Travelling the world, dancing til dawn,
Sunday afternoon drinks at the pub, good
friends to share it with and a good job to
provide the funds.
For most people in their twenties, life
doesn’t really get better than this.
So why would a young Adelaide woman
trade a life of fun and freedom for the life
of a religious Sister?
According to Bernadette Toohey, a
30-year-old Sister with the Missionaries
of God’s Love, the answer is the yearning
for something deeper. Since joining the
Sisters three years ago, she has been
living the life of poverty, chastity and
obedience and finding there’s much more
to religious life than meets the eye.
“I think there’s a searching within every
young person for the place where they ‘fit’
in the world, and for the life that makes
them truly free and truly who they are
meant to be,” she said.
“For a while my life was about having the
clothes, lifestyle, friends and social life
that gave me that sense of acceptance
and fitting in, but at a deeper level, I still
wasn’t satisfied. The deeper satisfaction
came when I started living a life with God
at the centre, and this eventually led me to
Bernadette will share her story in Adelaide
on Monday, August 11, when she
presents “Why I traded parties, cash and
independence for poverty, chastity and
obedience” at Adelaide’s Pub Theology.
The forum starts at the Wakefield Hotel,
on Wakefield St, in the city, with dinner at
6.30pm followed by Bernadette’s talk at
A privilege every day
By Claire Deignan
Adelaide Sister shares her story
Are you being
called to be a
“The Passion of Jesus is the Greatest Sign of God’s Love.”
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Who are Passionists?
Passionist men and women are evermindful of God’s love. They:
contemplate and preach the Passion of Jesus
live in a supportive community life-style
reach out to all in times good and bad
are at the forefront of the world’s suffering
today’s crucified- minister passionately the power of love
Pope John Paul II said in 2000: “The death of Christ is the source from which you Passionists must
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