By Jamie O’Brien
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB celebrated a historic moment with formators and lay faithful from the Neocatechumenal Way Australia on Monday 14 August, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Perth.
Redemptoris Mater Seminary Perth has been challenging many young men for 25 years to say yes to the call from God, to embrace the call of priesthood in the life of our Church and put themselves at the service of God and his people.
These were the words of Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe during his homily for the 25 year anniversary of Redemptoris Mater Seminary, on the vigil feast of the Assumption, Monday 14 August, 2017 at St Mary’s Cathedral.
Archbishop Costelloe was joined for the Eucharistic celebration by Emeritus Archbishop Barry Hickey, Cathedral Dean Mgr Michael Keating, Redemptoris Mater Seminary Rector, Fr Michael Moore SM, Neocatechumenal Way Itinerant Catechist, Fr Tony Trafford and Deacon Kenneth Acosta.
Several priests and clergy from across Perth were present for the Mass, many of whom have trained at Perth’s own missionary seminary, which exists as a fruit of the Neocatechumenal Way. Some 450 people from communities of the Neocatechumenal Way in the parishes of the Cathedral, Mirrabooka, Cottesloe, Rockingham and Kelmscott were also present for the historic Eucharistic celebration.
At the commencement of the Mass, Itinerant Catechist of the Neocatechumenal Way in Australia, Toto Piccolo, spoke of the work of the Seminary in being a visible sign across Perth in announcing the Good News.
“This Good News of Jesus Christ which is so important for our generation today,” Mr Piccolo said.
“Announcing that it is possible to live in the hope and in the certainty that God loves us,” he said.
Also speaking at the commencement of the Mass, Redemptoris Mater Seminary Rector, Fr Michael Moore SM, also told the congregation about the initial beginnings of the Seminary, when in 1992, then Archbishop Hickey telephoned Mr Piccolo to confirm the Seminary would open. Mr Piccolo and his wife Rita where on a pilgrimage with youth from the Neocatechumenal Way praying the rosary.
“We are so very grateful [to Emeritus Archbishop Hickey] for his foresight and courage and also to Monsignor Keating, because also in the same moment, the Archbishop (Hickey) in his wisdom recalled St Charles Seminary,” Fr Michael explained.
“We are very grateful to Archbishop Costelloe, because as a Professor at the University of Notre Dame, he taught many of the seminarians and then afterwards, he has come back as Archbishop and has taken a lot of paternal care of this Seminary and has been a great shepherd to us,” Fr Michael said.
Continuing his homily, Archbishop Costelloe spoke about the encyclical entitled Redemptoris Mater, by now Saint (Pope) John Paul II.
“The Feast of the Assumption is a reminder to us that Mary is the fulfilment, Mary is the completion of the journey that every one of us, as members of the Church, is undertaking,” Archbishop Costelloe said.
“In her we see what we, as the Church, have been called to become.”