Tasmania’s newest priest ordained in the Philippines

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Tasmania’s newest priest ordained in the Philippines

Tasmania's newest priest says that after 25 years of waiting, “God answered me.”

Fr Crisanto Mendoza of the Mary's Little Children Community (MLCC) was ordained last month in Carcar City in Cebu, the Philippines by Archbishop Julian who had travelled from Australia for the ordination.

It is estimated that around 1000 people attended the ordination of Fr Crisanto who will serve as a priest of the Archdiocese of Hobart.

During his homily, His Grace acknowledged the joy of the occasion and exhorted Fr Crisanto to demonstrate mercy and compassion in his ministry.

“Today is a day of great joy – for you, for your family, for Mary's Little Children Community. It is a joy also for me and for the Archdiocese of Hobart,” His Grace said.

“You are to preach the good news of salvation, especially to the poor. You are to be an instrument of the mercy and compassion of God in the confessional and in your pastoral relationships. You will set people free by teaching the truth,” he said.

“Keep close to Our Lord Jesus Christ as a man of prayer. Always seek His face. Be willing to sit at His feet daily as a faithful disciple …We will be more effective as a priest, the closer we are to Christ."

Fr Crisanto’s ordination represents the culmination of a journey that began when he first joined the seminary 25 years ago, at the age of 16.

“I am thankful to God for choosing me to be His servant. I know God answers my desires. I am grateful because I have a God who is alive and takes care of me,” he said.

“God must have prepared me for a long time so that I would be able to treasure the day of my ordination with care and love.”

Fr Mike Delaney, parish priest of Mersey-Leven Parish, travelled with Archbishop Julian to Cebu for the ordination. He had previously worked closely with Fr Crisanto who has served as a student and then a deacon in Mersey-Leven Parish.

Fr Delaney commented that the joy of Fr Crisanto at his ordination “rubbed off on everyone”.

“It was joyous and enthusiastic – it was just a really lovely event and it was so good to see him ordained.”

Continuing their support of Fr Crisanto, Mersey-Leven Parish recently raised $1700 to donate to the MLCC in Cebu who are still recovering from a fire which destroyed many of their possessions only days prior to Fr Crisanto's ordination.

To watch a video made of photographs from the ordination, click here.