On the 30th July, 2010 Deacon Peter Wood will be ordained to the Priesthood in St. Carthage’s Cathedral Lismore at 7pm. The ordaining bishop will be the Most Reverend Geoffrey Jarrett, Bishop of Lismore.
Deacon Peter Wood has been studying at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Sydney. As a complement to his academic studies, he spent his pastoral placement in the Parish of St Augustine, Coffs Harbour.
Peter is not a stranger to Lismore. He served as an altar server at St Carthage’s Cathedral before becoming an acolyte at the Cathedral. Service at the altar contributed to his discernment of a priestly vocation prior to entering the seminary. He is an old boy of St John’s College, Woodlawn, and served as captain of the school. Peter is also an old boy of St Carthage’s Primary School, Lismore, where he also served as school captain.
Vocations Director for the Lismore Diocese, Father Nicolas Maurice said:
“Peter’s ordination is a concrete sign of the Lord’s providence for the faithful of our Diocese. Mother Teresa of Culcutta was asked once by interviewers about how she would organise the resources for her homes. Mother Teresa answered, “The Lord will provide”. This is our belief, too, concerning priestly and religious vocations for our diocese. We see our prayers being answered in Peter’s ordination. However, God’s providence will unfold according to God’s timeline. Perhaps we are ready to have a whole batch of priests prepared to serve the diocese. But God will provide in His own time. We know that He hears our prayers and is answering. We are also filled with hope at the twelve other seminarians presently studying towards priesthood.
As he approaches his ordination to Priesthood, Deacon Peter has issued an invitation for others to follow: “ To any man considering a priestly vocation, such a call needs to be welcomed and discerned. He said that, “A decision involving what we want to do for the rest of our lives needs careful attention through prayer and that we are at peace with ourselves”.
Newly ordained Peter Wood will celebrate his first Mass, a Mass of Thanksgiving, in St. Carthage’s Cathedral on Saturday 31st July at 10am.
A general invitation to attend is extended.