Knowing that ‘God’s love is everything’ motivates new parish priest of Moonah-Lutana

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Knowing that ‘God’s love is everything’ motivates new parish priest of Moonah-Lutana

The newly appointed parish priest of Moonah-Lutana Parish, Father Krish Mathavan MSC, says he draws inspiration from the fact that ‘God’s love is everything’.

Born in Singapore, which Fr Krish describes as a “great mixture of cultures”, he was raised together with his younger sister by his mother, who is a dedicated Catholic, and father a practising Buddhist.

After choosing to follow the Catholic faith in his mid-teens, Fr Krish moved to Australia in his early twenties to undertake studies in bio-technology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney where he was first exposed to the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSCs), who minister to a parish close to the university.

Fr Krish said he was attracted by the witness of their lives.

“The way they live the Gospel in community, the way they express spirituality of heart, grounded in who they are, and able to showcase, to inspire people to follow,” he said. 

However, it was World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008 that first triggered thoughts about a vocation to the priesthood.

“At that stage in my life, I was feeling a bit disillusioned in what I wanted to do.  After World Youth Day, I decided to do a silent retreat at Douglas Park [in Wollongong].  It was the first time I did a silent retreat in my life - that changed everything for me,” he said. 

“I offered God my disillusioned feelings and was open to what God wanted me to do for my career.  Like most people I still thought I was going down the path of marriage, but the silent retreat made me explore a bit.”

Ordained at the Catholic Parish of Henley Beach, Adelaide in November 2017, Fr Krish counts celebrating his sister’s Nuptial Mass in Singapore, being involved with the Antioch youth movement in Adelaide and attending the recent Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth as personal highlights of his priestly ministry.

This will be his first role as a parish priest but he says that his time at Henley Beach Parish has “served as a great initiation”.

“Being loved, known and chosen by God in your life … is the fundamental pillar of faith aspiration. Knowing [that] God’s love is everything inspires me to start this new appointment with confidence.”