On the 12th of December 2013 the diocese of Lismore had the great blessing of an ordination to the priesthood. The faithful gave thanks as Bishop Jarrett ordained Joseph Holloway for the diocese. It marked the conclusion of a thorough and lengthy preparation for Fr Holloway.
A native of Casino, he pursued his studies for priesthood at the Beda College in Rome. Fr Joe completed his parish placements in Kempsey, Ballina and Coffs Harbour. He was ordained a deacon on the 15th of June 2012 in Rome at the Basilica of St Paul outside the walls. After completing his studies in June 2013 he returned to Kempsey for a diaconate placement in the lead up to his priestly ordination. For over 8 weeks of that time, though, he was based in Brisbane while he completed a hospital pastoral course at the Princess Alexandria Hospital.
To a young (and not-so-young) man thinking about a vocation he says, “I would suggest with prayer, open your heart to patiently discern what is God’s will and be true to yourself – then do something about it – check out the Lismore Diocesan website and talk to a priest”. Fr Hollaway also shared of his hopes: “My hopes are that all people will experience God’s love – remembering that God is always looking out for us and waiting for our response. My personal hope is that I will be a fitting and useful servant of the Church to bring Christ and His good news to all”.
In a certain sense, ordination is only the beginning for a new priest. And so we keep Fr Joe in our prayers. There will be many new things to learn as he begins serving God’s people as a priest. Please pray also for our seminarians in formation for the priesthood and also for other young men to hear Christ calling.
Father Nicholas Maurice
Vocations Director, Diocese of Lismore