|Tasmania||FORMER LABOR MINISTER ACCEPTED FOR PRIESTHOOD|
Former federal Labor government minister and senator Michael Tate has been formally accepted as a candidate for the priesthood in Hobart archdiocese.
The Catholic Leader reports that Archbishop Eric D'Arcy accepted Mr Tate as a candidate in a simple ceremony last weekend at Holy Spirit Church, Sandy Bay, where he is receiving pastoral formation.
Mr Tate was dean of the law school at the University of Tasmania when he entered politics. He was a Labor senator for 15 years and then went on to become ambassador at The Hague and the Holy See.
When he retired as ambassador, Mr Tate decided to pursue an "early vocation, long deferred", and began studying for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College, Melbourne last year.
His formal acceptance as a candidate is the first of three steps towards priesthood - candidature, diaconate and ordination.
Catholic Leader 11:48am 4/5/99