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Brisbane's new seminary opens its doors

Training for the diocesan priesthood in Queensland has entered a new era with the opening of Holy Spirit Seminary, which replaces Pius XII (Banyo) Seminary, which has served the five dioceses of Queensland for more than 60 years.

Five first-year students have moved into Lanigan House, a former convent on Church land in suburban Wavell Heights which has been used to accommodate seminary students for the past few years.

They join 15 others who are at various stages of formation for the priesthood, and who are living in two nearby houses - Gerry House and Tooroonga House - or in other parishes.

The Banyo site is now home to St Paul's Theological College and will also accommodate the relocated McAuley Campus of Australian Catholic University which is currently at Mitchelton.

Holy Spirit Seminary rector, Fr Michael McCarthy, said this year's relocation to Wavell Heights parish would allow for closer links with the parish environment in which seminarians will live and work when they become priests.

Three seminary students are preparing for ordination to the priesthood in Brisbane archdiocese later this year.

Priesthood: the ultimate challenge (Qld Vocations site)
New building for student priests at Banyo (Media Release 13/9/01)

Catholic Leader

15 Mar 2002