Holy Spirit Seminary, Brisbane
Before the seminary relocated to St Paschal's parish in Wavell Heights in 2002 it was known as the Pius XII Provincial Seminary, founded in 1941 at Banyo. Holy Spirit Seminary was established by the Queensland bishops in March 2007.
In 2008 the Seminary returned to the grounds of the former seminary at Banyo, and is co-located with the Australian Catholic University's McAuley campus. The seminary serves the Catholic province of Queensland, covering the Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville and Toowoomba dioceses as well as the Brisbane archdiocese.
Cardinal William Levada opened the new seminary campus following the completion of construction in May 2008 at a cost of $4.5 million. Preaching at the dedication of the chapel, Cardinal Levada said "convestitum Spiritu Sancto" (clothed with the Holy Spirit) was more than a motto for the seminary.
There were eight resident students including five Africans and a further three students in pastoral placements. The seminary Rector, Father Michael McCarthy and the Vice-rector Fr Ken Howell were present.
In 2006 there were seven students for the whole of Queensland studying in the Seminary, including one man in his 60s. Fr. McCarthy said a "desperate shortage" of priests across Queensland had prompted the church to look further afield. At that time the dioceses of Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Toowoomba had no seminary students. "The church cannot operate without priests and the seminaries in Nigeria are extraordinarily dynamic, packed with 600 and 700 students," Father McCarthy said.
Originally designed for 16 seminarians, it was extended in 2010, to accommodate the 31 men in training at that time. In February 2012, six students entered the Seminary and in June 2012, eight more commenced: four for Brisbane, two for Townsville and two for Umuahia, Nigeria.
Monsignor Tony Randazzo, a former official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was appointed Rector of the seminary at the beginning of 2009. Currently the spiritual director is Fr. Paul Chandler O.Carm.
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