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Late call : St Paul's Seminary, Kensington NSW and the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn : stories from the seminary / edited by Bishop Pat Power
Bib ID 7792051
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Description Manuka, ACT : House of Hill, 2018 
x, 101 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm 
ISBN 9780646989754 (paperback)

Late Call presents the stories of 23 priests of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn who gained their priestly formation at St Paul's National Seminary for 'late vocations' in Kensington NSW. The life of St Paul's was a short one, opening in 1968 and closing in 1998. All up, 281 of its students were ordained to the priesthood. Under the auspices of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and located in the grounds of their splendid monastery over-looking the city of Sydney, it came into being in the crucial years in the immediate aftermath of the Second Vatican Council which, under the inspiration of the wonderful Pope John XXIII, gave new life to the Catholic world. In the 400 years following the 16th century Council of Trent, Catholic priests were formed in seminary systems which reflected much of the political, social and philosophical climate which had critically influenced Catholic life and teaching. Added to all this were the reactions to the Reformation which had such an impact on the Catholic view of other churches, non-Christian faiths and the rest of the world. It is understandable that such a world-view would shape the graduates from the Tridentine seminaries which were of this era in the life of the Church's history. Three years after the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965 saw the opening of St Paul's. Situated in the heart of the eastern suburbs of Sydney, it enjoyed the breezes off the Pacific Ocean, reminding the students of the fresh air promised by Pope John XXIII for the Church; but, at the same time, there was an awareness of the industrial smog which is part of life in the modern world which had been carefully critiqued by the Second Vatican Council. St Paul's provided a shorter course for mature-aged men whose earlier life experiences would be an important part of their own and their colleagues' formation. Some of the stories in Late Call pay fitting tribute to the quality of the lecturers who gave brilliant insights into Scripture, Theology, Church History, Philosophy and other allied areas of learning. Among those eminent lecturers was the late Dr Joseph Rheinberger, much loved and respected priest of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. From the young seminary's very beginnings, there was always a healthy interaction between church and world, but as time progressed the introduction of lay lecturers and students, female as well as male, provided a healthy breadth to seminary life. What a contrast to seminaries just a generation earlier! Why did such a good news story come to an end after just 30 years? That is another tale to be told. In the meantime, Now, 50 years after St Paul's opening and 20 years since its close, Late Call presents an opportunity to applauds the 23 Canberra-Goulburn graduates, some of the Archdiocese's best priests of the modern era.


National Library of Australia's N copy signed by editor.

Includes photograph of Giorgio Mangano (R) enclosed in front cover of book.


Subjects St. Paul's National Seminary (Kensington, N.S.W.) -- Students.  |  Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.  |  Catholic theological seminaries -- New South Wales -- History.  |  Seminarians -- New South Wales -- Biography.  |  Philosophy & Religion.  |  Australian history  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Power, Patrick P., 1942- editor


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