Living Catholic e-News December 2019

The hands and feet of Jesus

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There was much applause for the Ministry Formation Program as 11 students were presented with their graduation certificates at the End of Year Mass and Graduation celebration on December 6. 
The Mass was a very joyous occasion and was followed by a shared meal, presentations to the graduates and a presentation by Dr Stephen Downs, ACU National Coordinator of Theology, to Master of Theological Studies graduate Deacon Alfred Donat. Mr Jorge Contreras, third year MFP student was the MC for the evening.
Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ concelebrated the Mass with other priests from the Archdiocese. Deacons at the altar were the two newly ordained Deacons – Tee Ping Koh and Alfred Donat. Bishop O’Kelly warmly congratulated the students telling them that they are the hands and feet of Jesus to the people of God in parishes, hospitals and prisons.
Program director Margaret Speechley reminded the graduates that their first vocation was to be lived out in their family life; she expressed her gratitude to their family members and said how they were also a very important part of the MFP community.
The Ministry Formation Program has had an integral place in the Archdiocese for many, many years with graduates now in many parishes, faith communities and hospitals. Men and women are formed together for leadership and practical ministry in the Diocese.  
The 2020 program begins on February 15 with an Orientation Day.  
Pictured: Deacon Alfred Donat and Bianca Cotton cut the graduation cake surrounded by other graduates and the MFP Team.

See December e-newsletter here