The seminary, currently at its capacity, was unable to house the 10 men on Quo Vadis, and they stayed in Northgate parish and commuted to Banyo.
Fr Batt said Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane gave an “inspiring” visit to the group on September 7.
“The Archbishop said, ‘No matter what, be assured that Jesus will never abandon you’,” Fr Batt said.
“(He also said) ‘Thank you for your generosity in discerning the call’.”
Fr Batt and Msgr Randazzo gave talks during Quo Vadis.
They focused on the apostolic exhortation released on March 25, 1992, by Pope John Paul II – Pastores Dabo Vobis (I Shall Give You Shepherds) – about the formation of priests.
Fr Batt said other “highlights” of the weekend were “Adoration and a Holy Hour with the Canali (house of discernment) men, seminarians and the young men discerning”, a “vocations Rosary walk” and a sung High Mass.
There was also time for fellowship with seminarians and a Saturday-afternoon sport session “where leadership and teamwork came into practice”.
With Holy Spirit Seminary continuing to overflow and the Canali live-in discernment house sending men to the seminary in 2013 and receiving new, possible candidates for priesthood, Fr Batt said men were not only hearing the call, they were also responding.
“Vocations to the priesthood are dramatically increasing in our archdiocese,” he said.
“Canali House is having a direct impact on priestly vocations … (and) we are hoping to soon send three young women to religious orders.
“The response to vocations awareness to priesthood and religious life is wonderful.”
Fr Batt thanked the priests, religious and lay people of Brisbane archdiocese who offered prayerful support to V9 and who continued to remember the importance of praying for vocations.
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