It seems appropriate as we near the beginning of a big month for three Canberrans (two being ordained to the diaconate, and one religious making solemn vows) to put on record a big vote of thanks to Fr John Fongemie FSSP for his time as chaplain to the Traditional Latin Mass community in Canberra (and subsequently in Sydney), particularly for his role in fostering vocations. Father left Canberra a couple of years back, but his spiritual legacy lives on, as witnessed by these upcoming ceremonies.
Although Canberra is the capital of Australia, the traditional community there is not large. But its strength - witnessed not only by these vocations, but also in other ways such as the journal Oriens - is a testament to persistence and perseverence on the part of the laity, and the service of some dedicated and holy priests. Fr Fongemie recently returned to the States, but please do pray for him. And also please pray for these Canberrans, especially over the coming days.
First up on the honour role is Sr Frances Teresa a Jesu Hostia OCD, who makes her Solemn Profession at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph on 22 May (Corpus Christi). Her profession will take place during a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Then on 31 May, two FSSP seminarians from Canberra - Mr Marko Rehak and Mr Dominic Popplewell - will be ordained as deacons in Wigrantzbad, Germany by His Grace Archbishop Ranjith.
A wonderful haul of workers for the vineyard for any town, in any month or year!
And pray too, for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and for traditional monastic foundations for Australia.