ANTHONY Girvan completed what he described as ‘a long but fantastic journey’ to the priesthood when he was ordained for Brisbane archdiocese in St Stephen’s Cathedral on February 22.
Family, friends and colleagues gathered to witness Fr Girvan, 36, make the most important decision of his life.
Preaching at the ordination Mass, Archbishop John Bathersby said a challenge for priests today was to try to understand the Church’s broad membership and that they had to lead people to God in a variety of ways if they are to be effective spiritual leaders and shepherds.
‘Well might St Paul demand 2000 years ago that a preacher of the Word be all things to all people.
‘But such a definition is even more necessary today as the priest seeks to be both a steward of transcendent mysteries, mediated largely through the Church’s sacramental life, while at the same time trying to lead people to engage the world with a view to its transformation.
Archbishop Bathersby said holiness was an essential requisite of priestly ministry, and that the priest would be able to lead the people of God ‘to the extent that he is holy’.
So Anthony if I say anything to you tonight on this marvellous moment in your life, it is to be a man of prayer.
‘If you are that, then the proclamation of the Word, the leadership of your people and the ability to hold them together despite differences, the ministry of the sacraments and all the other activities of your ministry will soon become a sheer joy.’