Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
10 Aug 2012
The Archbishop of Sydney said the Feast Day of St John Vianney, patron saint of priests, was a wonderful day for the ordination of eight new priests in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
The Ordination which brings to 23 the number of new priest ordained by the Cardinal since 2009 and is the largest number of priests to be ordained in more than 20 years, was held at St Mary's Cathedral last weekend on Saturday, 4 August.
Four of the new priests were trained at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd and the other four at Chester Hill's Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary of the Neocatechumenal Way. They are Father Michael Lanzon, Father Samuel Lynch, Father Paul Phan Dinh Nguyen and Father Ioane Epeli Qimaquima, who studied at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, and Father Allan Casquejo, Father Norvin Dias, Pierluigi Passoni and Pasquale Pizzoferro from the Redemptoris Seminary.
"God chooses all sorts of people for His good purposes," the Cardinal said and paid tribute to the multicultural backgrounds of the ordinands describing it as a "true reflection of the multicultural nature of our Archdiocese where half the Catholics are migrants or children of migrants."
Concelebrating with His Eminence at the Ordination Mass were Bishops Julian Porteous, Peter Comensoli and Terry Brady as well as a large gathering of priests from around the Archdiocese.
More than two thousand family and friends were also treated to the magnificent harmonies of the St Mary's Cathedral choir, under the direction of Thomas Wilson.
A group of followers from the Neocatechumenal Way also welcomed their newly ordained priests in their own particular musical fashion, delighting everyone.
Addressing the packed Cathedral on behalf of the ordinands, Fr Samuel Lynch paid particular tribute to Cardinal Pell saying it was his insight and leadership that had helped reverse the decline in vocations and the renewed interest in a religious and priestly life.
"I think it is very fitting in his 25th year as bishop that God should give him eight new priests," he said.
The eight priests have already been assigned parishes across the Archdiocese and at each of these parishes Masses of Thanksgiving were held the day after the Ordination on Sunday 5 August.
Father Allan Casquejo is now assistant priest at St Dominic's Church, Flemington; Fr Norvin Dias is assistant Priest at St Therese Parish, Denistone; Fr Michael Lanzon is at Our Lady of the Rosary, Fairfield; Fr Samuel Lynch is at St Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, Cronulla; Fr Paul Phan Dinh Nguyen will do double duty as assistant priest at St Michael's Catholic Church Ryde as well as celebrating Masses in the Vietnam language at Cabramatta; Fr Pierluigi Passoni has been appointed to the Parish of the Sacred Heart, Villawood; Fr Pasquale Pizzoferro is at St Anthony of Padua parish, Clovelly and Fr Ionane Epeli Qimaquima is assistant priest at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Mosman.
"Every new priest is a great blessing and a reason to celebrate," the Cardinal said.
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