Fr Conor Power has become the first man ordained to the priesthood for Brisbane Oratory at a packed Mass at Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley. Source: Catholic Leader.
Fr Power said it was a “beautiful” Mass on Saturday with his mum and siblings supporting him as well as friends from the Brisbane Oratory community.
When Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge laid his hands upon him to ordain him, Fr Power said there was a profound feeling of the culmination of all his years in formation.
He had spent seven years anticipating the moment – three years at Toronto Oratory learning philosophy and the meaning of an Oratorian vocation from the priests there, two years in Rome studying theology, and the past few years back in Australia, completing his studies and serving as a deacon in the Annerley-Ekibin parish.
He said fellow Brisbane Oratorians Fr Adrian Sharp, Fr Andrew Wise, Fr Scot Armstrong and Br Tyson King were instrumental in his vocational calling.
The idea of living and ministering in an Oratory community was central to his choice of vocation, he said.
The life of an Oratory priest was stable and enduring because Oratorians committed themselves to one parish for the rest of their lives.
Fr Power said this was deeply attractive to him because it meant he could journey with families in his community across their entire lives.
First man ordained to priesthood for Brisbane Oratory (By Joe Higgins, The Catholic Leader)