YOUNG men considering the priesthood gathered in Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s home in New Farm for the 17th annual vocations dinner.
More than 50 young men came in search of answers, consolations and encouragement in their pursuit of discerning the priestly vocation.
The dinners offer young men a “clearer idea” about discerning the priesthood in Brisbane.
Joining the Archbishop was Vocation Brisbane director Fr Morgan Batt, vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely, St Stephen’s Cathedral dean Fr David Pascoe, associate pastor Fr Anthony Ekpo, and University of Queensland chaplain Fr Augustine Obi.
Seminarians Dr Adalbert Imperial and Sebastian Condon, a lawyer, also attended the dinner.
Guests came from throughout the archdiocese and beyond, some travelling from Hervey Bay, the Gold Coast, and Toowoomba.
More than half the guests had never been to previous dinners, but felt encouraged by different people to come and learn more about discerning the priesthood.
Vocations officer Christian Nobleza said the dinners were made possible only through prayer.
Mr Nobleza said he was amazed by the openness that so many of the young men have towards the priesthood.
He said it was also encouraging for Archbishop Coleridge to see such a vast number of men thinking about being a priest in his Archdiocese.
Each young man who attended the dinner will continue to receive ongoing support from the Vocation Brisbane vocations officers.
Other young men can visit Vocation Brisbane’s official website www.catholicpriesthood.com to learn about discernment or for more information about the agency’s ongoing events.