Allison said Fr Withoos completed the law degree and took time for further discernment.
“In one sense it was a story of ‘accidental discernment’ but it highlighted to the young people that without silence it is difficult, perhaps even more so today, to be still and ponder the big questions in life,” she said.
Brisbane archdiocese’s Vocations Office offered the “Where are you going?” brochures on priesthood, linking into the night’s theme.
“It would be a shame to think there are many young men who have a vocation to the priesthood but, because of today’s culture, which doesn’t seem to present this option anymore, they may never discover their vocation,” Allison said.
“So many young people don’t come to Church anymore and haven’t been presented with the awesome teachings of the Catholic Church.
“(But) when you see a priest it makes you think twice – that this man has given his life over in service of the Church, of her people and the mission to spread the Good News.”
At the October 12 Faith on Tap, Fr Withoos also led the group in prayer for 22-year-old former participant Jordan Sugars who died from leukemia during the week prior.
This month’s Faith on Tap, on November 9, will address the topic “Looking for love in all the right places” with guest speaker Anna Krohn.
“She will share some very practical tips and discuss the culture in which this search for love is taking place,” Allison said.
“Anna mentioned that the ‘young people are not to blame for the culture they have inherited which is over-sexualised, porn-saturated’ but she does have some clear ideas about how to rise above it.”
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