Archbishop Denis Hart, screenshot of image by Jeremy Yuen on the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne website
Archbishop Denis Hart has led a "groundbreaking" ceremony for a new seminary buidling at the St Benedict's parish in Burwood, Melbourne, blessing the site and saying it will be used for a "holy and wonderful" purpose, according to a report by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
"This seminary will be used for people who want to found their faith on Jesus Christ, and people who are members of the baptised and are seeking to enter into the mystery of being a priest," Archbishop Hart said in the ceremony last Sunday at the site for the Missionaries of God's Love (MGL) Melbourne seminary.
Fr Chris Ryan MGL, Rector of the MGL house of formation, said the seminary building will provide residential accommodation, office space, a chapel, library, seminar room, computer lab and gym for seminarians.
"It will be a facility that will provide the vital material resources that are necessary for the formation of priests and brothers for the service of the Church, living and ministering under the charism that we have been given as Missionaries of God's Love."
St Benedict's parish, Burwood is under the care of the MGLs, a consecrated group of priests, brothers and sisters, founded by Father Ken Barker in Canberra in 1986. As well as working with the poor and marginalised, the MGLs have a particular calling to youth ministry.
Twenty seminarians are expected in 2011 and 23 in 2012. The seminary, which will be built behind the presbytery, is expected to be completed in 12 months.
Fr Ryan said over $700,000 has already been raised towards the building costs of the seminary, with a further $250,000 required.