Some people ask what a Bishop does all day and yet I see that my diary is very full. This week, as you will read in this newsletter Ashwin Acharya was ordained a priest, a presbyter for the Diocese of Rockhampton
They came from across the diocese and across the State of Queensland. They came full of joy and expectation and were not disappointed. They came for the rich liturgical celebration of the ordination to the priesthood of Ashwin Acharya. Priests, friends, seminarians and especially people from the various parishes in which has served since he began his training over six years ago.
Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC made an official visit to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Wandal while in Rockhampton last week (May 25), marking the first vice-regal reception in the school’s 109-year history.
When Pope Francis encouraged priests to “Take on the smell of the sheep” by getting out and being with the people, he might not have imagined how two Divine Word Missionaries would put his words into actions by spending time on vast cattle stations in rural Queensland.
Certificates of commendation and congratulations have been awarded to seven secondary graduates from colleges within Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton (CEDR) recently, recognising consistent academic achievement under Queensland’s newly adopted senior assessment and tertiary entrance system.
As the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Rockhampton, I ask that the Australian Government reconsiders the application of the Murugappan Family and allow them to stay in Australia and return to their friends at Biloela who have supported them emotionally.
Dear Ashwin, as you stand on the edge of Ordination, reassured by God, we pray may you Ashwin gain glory for you in Christ. God is with you and as Pope Francis speaks so clearly – the Father who gazes over you and dreams big dreams for you. We listen to the prophet Jeremiah, the beautiful words spoken by a prophet many centuries ago.
In 2018, I went to Timor-Leste with financial support and the blessing of the Rockhampton Diocese. With eagerness and some trepidation, I flew to Dili, being picked up by two young men unknown to me who said, come with us, proving I was the right malae (foreigner) by showing me photograph of myself at the Palms induction in N.S.W.