The first-year seminarian said hitting the streets to invite strangers into the cathedral was a “foretaste of what mission life is in general”.
“There are plenty of people who say no, but for every one that says yes it makes up for all those people and it makes it totally worth it,” he said.
Mr Fernandes paired up with a young female student originally from Germany, the country where Nightfever originated.
“It’s really amazing to talk to the people and to see their reaction and see people coming in and actually joining us,” she said.
“Some of them even stayed.”
Two backpackers were among those who met the seminarian and German student, and after lighting a candle, took a seat in the Cathedral pews.
“I will do it again,” the female student said.
Catholic school teacher Bernadette Tomlin visited London’s Nightfever last year and said she immediately wanted to bring it to Brisbane.
She said Nightfever offered people to do nothing out of the ordinary.
“We’re basically saying come in, light and candle, and whilst they do it and they pray, whether it’s for world peace or family, whatever need it is they’re praying for, or even if they just light a candle, they’re coming before Christ and we don’t know what Christ is going to do to them,” she said.
She said people in London “fell to their knees (and) started crying”.
“I think we underestimate the power that Christ has to convert someone,” she said.
“We think it’s up to us to say the right things and do the right things but sometimes you just have to bring them before him.
“He is capable, and that’s basically what tonight is about.”
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