Seminarian Support Dinner draws large crowd

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Seminarian Support Dinner draws large crowd

More than 200 people gathered at Guilford Young College’s Hobart campus in August for the Seminarian Support Dinner to raise funds for the education of seminarians of the Archdiocese of Hobart.

The August 23 event consisted of a four course meal, an opportunity to mingle with Catholics from around the Archdiocese, and a sharing by Deacon Paschal Okpon about his vocation journey.

Organised by the Knights of the Southern Cross, it is the third time in four years that the dinner has been held.

Knights of the Southern Cross state chairman John Prichard said they hope to make it an annual event.

“It’s really important for Tasmania because we had so few seminarians for a long time, and now we have eight – which is a healthy number – and hopefully that will generate more [seminarians],” Mr Prichard said.

Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Hobart Fr Brian Nichols spoke to the gathering about the need to be praying for, supporting and encouraging vocations.

“It gives you great heart to see so many young men studying for the priesthood,” he said.

According to Mr Prichard, the event was aimed at not only raising funds, but also to show the seminarians that they are supported as they journey towards priesthood.

“To make the decision to become a seminarian is a very strong, faith-filled one,” Mr Prichard said.

To know that you are fully appreciated and people are thinking of you might be the difference between someone saying ‘I will continue’ or ‘no, it’s too hard’.”

Mr Prichard said it was also a great opportunity for Catholics from Tasmania’s southern parishes to gather together for an evening of socialising.

“It’s the only time in the year where the southern parishes of the Archdiocese all come together in the same spot for a social event.”

An annual appeal in support of the Archdiocese of Hobart’s seminarians will be held in November this year.