St Francis Xavier Cathedral Wollongong was packed to the rafters on Saturday (23 April) as Bishop Peter Ingham ordained Fr Michael Dyer to the priesthood in a truly emotional and moving ordination in front of over 500 clergy, religious, family and friends.
Prior to being ordained a deacon, Fr Michael was a Christian Brother, teaching in secondary schools and adult faith formation programs for young and older students. Bishop Ingham said, “Ordinations always make me feel like a proud parent welcoming a new member to the family. I am delighted to see Michael realise his dream of becoming a priest. It is always a long road with what can be a life-time of training and formation, so this weekend will be special.
“We have another two young men in the Seminary preparing to be priests, and along with me, I know they will be sharing my excitement this weekend and this will provide inspiration for their journey.”
Of his ordination, Fr Michael said, “Today I take another evolutionary step in my earthly journey. I thank Bishop Peter Ingham, the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Wollongong. I also thank my loving family, friends and colleagues for encouraging me to trust that, ‘Life itself is a pilgrimage and the human being is a pilgrim travelling along the road, making their way to the desired destination.’
“Thankfully, given my various formation experiences in Australia and abroad, I feel well-equipped to follow Jesus’ invitation to ‘put out into the deep’ and embrace my priestly mission and ministry.”
Check out photos of the day at the following link: http://dow.sh/dyerordinationphotogallery