So many things compete for our attention. It can be difficult to sift through all the clutter and to find the things of real worth. Jesus said that his food, his very sustenance, was to do ‘the will of the one who sent me’ (John 4:34), the will of the Heavenly Father. But how do we know what God wills for our lives?

Since this question lies at the heart of this week—Vocations Awareness Week—we share some stories in this issue about learning to do this most important thing.

First, with great excitement, we can announce that Corpus Christi College, the regional seminary for Victoria and Tasmania, has appointed its new rector: the Rev Dr Cameron Forbes. Fr Forbes will be succeeding the Very Rev Denis Stanley as its 18th rector and has been warmly welcomed by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli.

Not so long ago, we saw the ordination of three new men to the priesthood at St Patrick’s Cathedral. One of them, Fr Brian Muling, spoke with Melbourne Catholic about his journey to the priesthood at this later stage of life, witnessing to what can happen when we listen attentively to the still, small voice of God, no matter where we are on our journey.

Sr Mary Helen OP also reflects beautifully on the importance of discerning God’s will, observing that nurturing our relationship with Jesus, and learning to love what Jesus loves, lies at the heart of discernment.

World Youth Day 2023 is right around the corner, and this time it is being hosted by Portugal. Last week, young people from across Melbourne thronged to a Winter Fiesta in the grounds of the Cathedral, where the Archbishop extended his official invitation to join him in Portugal for this incredible celebration in the life of the Church. The Discipleship team also outlined three available pathways into the World Youth Day experience, including a pilgrimage to the Eternal City of Rome and a pilgrimage through the Holy Land.

As CatholicCare’s Sunday Appeal runs in Catholic parishes across the Archdiocese of Melbourne during August, we hear about how John has escaped a life on the streets and found new hope through the provision of affordable housing and other vital services.

Finally, we hear about new life springing from the ashes of the old. After St John the Evangelist Church in Bannockburn was destroyed by fire in 2015, a new church has been built in its place: St Mary of the Cross Mackillop Church. Last week, the Archbishop officially dedicated the church, marking an exciting new era for the parishioners of this rapidly growing community.

Don't forget you can find more of our news, stories and other content over at Melbourne Catholic.

New Rector Appointed for Corpus Christi College
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The Episcopal Trustees of Corpus Christi College, the regional Seminary for Victoria and Tasmania, have today announced the appointment of Rev Dr Cameron Forbes as the new Rector of the College, commencing next year. Father Forbes will succeed Very Rev Denis Stanley as the 18th Rector of the College from January 2023, following the completion of Father Stanley’s extended term in the role. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, on behalf of the Trustees, has warmly welcomed the appointment saying, ‘I wholeheartedly thank Father Cameron for his gracious and willing acceptance of this critical responsibility in the life of the Church. ‘Father Cameron comes to us eminently qualified and with much experience already in priestly formation. ‘The life-long formation of our future priests requires a broad and discerning vision. We are confident that Father Cameron has those unique qualities of heart and mind that will ably prepare and grow our young men to be good shepherds in the service of Christ’s faithful.’ Born and raised in Melbourne in the Anglican tradition, Father Forbes completed degrees in Arts and Law at the University of Melbourne and became a Catholic following discernment during his time working in both governmental and legal fields. He undertook his formation for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College, and was ordained in 2009, serving in the parish of Werribee before completing a licentiate and doctorate in moral theology at the Alphonsianum Academy in Rome. Father Forbes also holds a Masters in Liturgical Music. A member of the Corpus Christi...
Falling into place: Fr Brian Muling reflects on his vocation
Written by: Fiona Basile
Melbourne Catholic recently spoke with one of the Archdiocese’s newest priests, Fr Brian Muling, who was ordained to the priesthood at St Patrick’s Cathedral in July. He shares the story of his journey to ordination and reflects on the process of discerning a vocation.
‘Yes, it’s good to be a Catholic’: Archbishop invites young people to World Youth Day 2023
At the Winter Fiesta, the sounds of music and laughter reverberated throughout the Cathedral precinct. More than 400 young people gathered for Holy Hour and to celebrate together as the Archdiocese launched its pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2023 in Portugal.
Archbishop dedicates St Mary MacKillop Church, Bannockburn
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On Sunday 7 August, the people of Meredith parish gathered with Archbishop Peter A Comensoli as he dedicated the new St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Church in Bannockburn, built on the site of the old StJohn the Evangelist Church, which was destroyed by fire in 2015.
Being moved to love: discerning God’s will for our lives
Written by: Sr Mary Helen OP
In order to do God’s will, we need to learn to recognise his voice, his invitations and his interventions in our everyday lives. That takes knowledge of God, of ourselves and of our relationship. St Dominic called his followers to study. We need to have studied the Truth to recognise it when we see it.
Urgent and practical care for Victorians in crisis
Written by: CatholicCare Victoria
John knows what it’s like to live in homelessness. And unfortunately, there are thousands of Victorians just like him who are in need of urgent care and support. Each year in August, CatholicCare Victoria runs their annual Sunday Appeal to enable them to continue supporting vulnerable families and individuals just like John.
One of the most common questions I face on a university campus is, ‘How do I know God’s will for my life?’ The short answer I generally give is: ‘If you want to do God’s will tomorrow, do God’s will today!’
Sr Mary Helen OP
on discerning God’s will for our lives
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