200 turn out to support young Seminarians

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200 turn out to support young Seminarians

Around 200 people gathered last night for the Knights of the Southern Cross Seminarian Fundraising Dinner.

The Seminarian dinner is the principal fundraising event of the year, with money from last night’s games and auction sales amounting to over $5000.

This figure is expected to grow when ticket sales are calculated.

This year four seminarians are being supported by the Archdiocese of Hobart, 31 year old Paschal Opkon, 25 year old Fidelis Udousoro, 24 year old Chathura Ranmuni Silva, and 30 year old Steven Smith. 

The importance of communities was a central theme of the evening.

“I’m here to tell people that we need your support in all aspects of life, as we are moving towards the priesthood,” said Fidelis Udousoro.

“It’s all thanks to the people of Hobart, to the Catholic community, particularly to the Knights of the Southern Cross for organising this dinner.”

Also in attendance at the dinner were Archbishop Julian and John Prichard, Chairman of the Knights of the Southern Cross for Tasmania.

Mr John Prichard spoke of the exciting new times ahead for the Archdiocese of Hobart.

“The Catholic faith relies on Priests,” he said.

“In the last few years, (vocation) numbers are back up again, and for the first time in a few years we have a number of young Seminarians training to be Priests and even more coming in, as we heard from the Archbishop.”

Archbishop Julian said the Knights of the Southern Cross Seminarian Support dinner is an important fundraising opportunity in the Archdiocese of Hobart. 

“The cost of training a seminarian is a large one,” he said.

“There are costs involved with their accommodation for the year, their tuition fees in the theological college, health insurance, all of those sorts of things,” said Archbishop Julian.

“Receiving some help from a night like this is very helpful for the Archdiocese.”

You can view some pictures of this event here.