Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

News “He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquiƟes; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5 L’Arche Annual Maureen Considine Fundraiser Christmas Market Sunday 9th December 2018 St Therese’s Hall, Kennington 10am – 2pm Christmas cakes Puddings Slices/cakes Plants Preserves Afternoon tea BBQ L’Arche artwork and craft Silent Auction Raffle and much more ... By Jackson Saunders Sandhurst Seminarian SHEPPARTON Catholic Parishes have once again provided fertile pastures for seminarians to learn the priestly craft ahead of another priestly ordination. Since mid this year, Nathan Verallo, 34, has lived at St Brendan’s Parish in Shepparton and worked under the mentorship of Parish Priest, Fr Joe Taylor. St Brendan’s Parish has become accustomed to hosting seminarians in recent years. These young men have included DJ Suguitan (fifth-year seminarian), Adi Indra (sixth-year seminarian) and Fr Novelito Lim, who was ordained to the priesthood in 2015. This year, the tradition has continued with Nathan Verallo com- pleting his studies for the priesthood in Shepparton since mid year. In September Nathan also took one further step towards priesthood when he was ordained to the diaco- nate in his native homeland of the Philippines. At the time of publication of this month’s Sandpiper , Nathan will be just over one week away from being ordained to the priesthood in the Sandhurst Diocese on Saturday, November 24. Nathan said that he was looking forward to his ministry as a priest. “I have a good feeling about serv- ing in the Diocese of Sandhurst,” he said. Over recent months, Nathan said that he had enjoyed learning more about the priesthood while working in Shepparton. “I would give credit to Fr Joe,” Nathan said. “Fr Joe’s mentoring is not just a matter of giving instructions about what needs to be done but, on my part, I can say he gives me space to exer- cise ministry at the same time.” Nathan said that this had enabled him to become actively involved in parish life. These areas have included hospital ministry, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and liturgy. “(Fr Joe) makes me feel part of the parish itself,” Nathan said. “I am blessed as I have a good company of priests in the parish.” One of the highlights of his parish placement in Shepparton has been the opportunity to bond with the priests at St Brendan’s including Fr Joe, assistant priest Fr John Paul Pasala and priest in residence, Fr Sebastian Mandapathil. This has often taken place over cooking lunch together. “We find ourselves usually at 12pm in the kitchen,” he said. “We share together and cook together. “That gives me a sense of belonging. “This helps me with establishing my connection here in Australia.” Another highlight for Nathan has been the opportunity to share morn- ing prayer each day with the priests at St Brendan’s in Shepparton. Each Friday morning, he has also joined the Shepparton priests and Monsignor Peter Jeffrey in discussing the Gospel for the coming Sunday, over breakfast. Nathan said that he was grateful for the support he had received in his priestly formation in Australia at Corpus Christi College in Carlton and before that, at his semi- nary in the Philippines. He is also particularly grateful for the encour- agement of Bishop of Sandhurst, Leslie Tomlinson. “I would like to express my grati- tude to Bishop Les,” Nathan said. “I express my gratitude to him for the trust and for believing in my vocation.” Nathan’s ordination to the priest- hood by the Bishop of Sandhurst will take place at Sacred Heart Cathedral, High Street, Bendigo, on Saturday, November 24, at 11am. Those expected to be present at the cer- emony include his family and friends from the Philippines, as well as priests and parishioners from across the Sandhurst Diocese. Nathan’s uncle, Bishop Dennis C. Villarojo, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Cebu, will also be in attendance. Nathan’s first Mass will be cel- ebrated at St Brendan’s Parish, 123 Knight Street, Shepparton, on Sunday, November 25, at 11am. When the SandPiper spoke to Nathan ahead of his priestly ordina- tion, Nathan said that he was looking forward to becoming part of the pres- byterate in the Sandhurst Diocese and getting to know the other priests of the Diocese more. He hopes that his priesthood will bear much fruit and that he will be welcomed into people’s homes across the Diocese, as he exer- cises his ministry and gets to know people better. “I look forward to serving as a shepherd, not just as a priest in the Diocese of Sandhurst,” he said. “I hope that my ministry will not only be fruitful as a priest but as a pastor. “I ask for people’s prayers. I am very much certain that this ministry is not only of my own making, it has to do more with the prayers of the people around me.” Nathan Verallo, pictured here at Campion College in Kew during a retreat in preparation for the priesthood. Photo by Fr Cao Nguyen. Ready for priesthood