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Pope Benedict XVI

On the 20th January 2012 sent out 100 families with their children to evangelise  by announcing the Risen Christ to the neediest parts of the world:

“Dear families, the Church thanks you; it needs you for the new evangelisation. The family is an important cell for the ecclesial community, where one is formed in human and Christian life. With great joy I see your children, many children who look to you, dear parents, to your example. One hundred families are leaving for 12 missions Ad Gentes. I invite you not to be afraid: he who carries the Gospel is never alone. I greet with affection the priests and seminarians: love Christ and the Church, communicate the joy of having met him and the beauty of having given Him everything. I also greet the itinerants, directors and all the communities of the Way. Continue to be generous with the Lord: He will sustain you with his consolation!

The year of 2012

February 3-5

Beginning of the Year Convivenze

held in Sydney for the seminarians, presbyters, catechists and responsibles of communities in order to prepare for the evangelisation for the coming year.

The Pope’s address in full:

Pope praises neocatechumenate's

missionary zeal -

Reflects on Meaning of Liturgy

By Salvatore Cernuzio

Founder's thanksgiving: Kiko’s response.

1,000 families on a mission: Article:


by the providence of God and generosity of benefactors, was blessed and opened by Archbishop Hickey on Sunday, March 4th.

Toto Piccolo, catechist and pastoral team member addressing the assembly

Blessing and Opening the Sydney Redemptoris Mater Seminary by Cardinal George Pell

in the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio and four other Bishops and 250 people, 26th February (Cardinal’s Homily)

Archbishop Hickey giving the homily on the Word of God - read the homily


The Admissio is the official application by each seminarian to be candidates for ordination. The Archbishop is present to confirm this request and invokes the Holy Spirit upon them during the Eucharist.

This took place on the feast of the Annunciation, March 26th in the Seminary Chapel.

Rodrigo, Marlon and David applied to enter the Candidacy for Ordination and received the black shirt and clerical collar to witness to this state. Many presbyters came to concelebrate and the brothers and sisters of the communities they belong to came to the liturgy.

Broome Pilgrims

On the Feast of the Curé of Ars, August 4 in Sydney Cathedral of St Mary’s, four seminarians from each Diocesan Seminary were ordained by Cardinal George Pell.


Sydney Ordinations

On July 27 Archbishop Timothy Costello ordained Victor Lujano to the Diaconate in St Gerard Majella Church, Mirrabooka.


Diaconate Ordination

On the 10th of September Bishop Donald Sproxton, Auxiliary of Perth instituted as lectors the following four seminarians: David, Crispin, Marlon and Rodrigo.

Institution of the Lectorate



Two Colombians arrived in October sent here from the convivenze for seminarians in Porto San Giorgio last year. They are Diego and Felipe.

New Seminarians have arrived

Admission to Candidacy for four seminarians:

Patricio, Alexis, Kenneth and Noe

This took place in the Seminary chapel with Archbishop Timothy Costelloe presiding and with the communities that each seminarian belongs to and also the catechists of Australia responsible for the neocatechumenal way. Pictured on the right are the four seminarians with Toto and Rita Piccolo, catechists.

At the meeting concluding the year of formation, life and study in the New Library were all the seminarians, formators and catechists (November 23).

Ordination to Presbyterate

will take place in St Mary’s Cathedral Perth by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe on Friday March 8 at 7pm,

for Rev Victor Lujano, Deacon

December 13th Graduation from Notre Dame for Victor and he is pictured with seminarian Giovanni, Vice-Rector Fr Richard, seminarian Crispin and seminary teacher Elena

Deacon Victor distributing communion during his ordination to the diaconate July 27th at St Gerard’s Mirrabooka

Bell Tower repairs

On December 20th repairs were carried out on the top of the Bell Tower caused by a storm which removed tiles that crashed to the ground a month earlier