On 17 December, Bishop Bernard Fellay
ordained two priests and three deacons at Holy Cross. This
was the first priestly ordination held at Holy Cross since
2009. There were present for the occasion approximately 30
priests, 25 nuns, and 400 faithful. The following day, the
two new priests celebrated their First Masses in the
ordination tent. Many pictures of these two joyous days
may be viewed in the slideshow for
the day of ordination and the one
for the day of First Masses.
Joseph and Marcel Ockerse, first cousins, both of
Australia, were ordained to the priesthood. Rev. Mr.
Anthony McNamara of Australia, and Rev. Mssrs.
Nicholas Stamos and Erik Ladner, both of the USA,
were ordained to the diaconate.
8 DECEMBER 2015
Engagement to the Society
On the Feast of the Immaculate
Conception, five First-Year Seminarians made their first
engagement into the Society of St. Pius X, while seven
others renewed their engagements.
to the Subdeaconate, Minor Orders, and Clerical
Tonsure String of Ordinations
On the Vigil of the Assumption, His
Lordship Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta ordained two
seminarians to the Minor Orders, and inducted one
seminarian into the clerical state. The following day, the
feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, he ordained three
slideshow of twenty pictures of these two ceremonies
is now available.
Minor Orders and Tonsure Candidates (left
Tonsure: Amalan Gnanaraj of India
Porter/Lector: Edward Campbell of
Exorcist/Acolyte: John Mwangi of
Subdeaconate (front: left to right)
Erik Ladner of the USA, Anthony McNamara of
Australia, Nicholas Stamos of the USA
1 JULY 2015
Engagement to the Society
On the Feast of the Most Precious Blood,
second year seminarian Amalan Gnanaraj of India made his
first engagement into the Society of St. Pius X. This
engagement into a religious family is a necessary
pre-requisite for the reception of the clerical tonsure,
which ceremony is scheduled for 14 August this year.
Amalan Gnanaraj of India (middle) holding the
Statues of the Society
24 JUNE 2015
Anniversary of Priesthood for Father Griego
Fr. Vicente Griego reached 20 years of
priesthood on the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the
Baptist.On the day of the anniversary, he was assisted by
seminary professors Fr. Paul Robinson and Fr. Christoph
Pfluger in the celebration of a Solemn High Mass. The
Sunday preceding, seminarians and faithful presented
Father with a spiritual bouquet and a pyx engraved to
commemorate the anniversary.
Fr. Griego took up his first assignment
as a priest with the Society of St. Pius X in Manila,
Philippines, in 1995. After a year there, he was
assigned as prior of Durban, South Africa, where he
remained for two years, before being re-assigned to
Manila, this time as prior. His second stay at Manila was
a bit longer -- five years -- but then the phone rang
again with a call from the superior. He was to take up a
new post as headmaster of St.
Mary's Academy and College in Saint Marys, Kansas.
That assignment also lasted five years, as Father was
there from 2003-2008. Next came his current assignment as
Rector of Holy Cross Seminary here in Australia, a post
that Fr. Griego has held for seven years.
In August, Father is to report to his
new nomination as superior of the autonomous house of the
SSPX in Dublin, Ireland.
By taking up residence in Europe, Father will have served
as a priest of the SSPX in five continents (Asia, Africa,
North America, Australia, and Europe!).
the Solemn High Mass on the Feast of St. John
Chanting of the Collect During the Mass
performs the ceremonial cutting of the cake
Sisters of the SSPX stationed in Rockdale were
present at the Seminary for Father's celebration
which commemorates Father's two decades as a priest
and hints of his new assignment to Ireland
20 MAY 2015
with Father Niklaus Pluger
First Assistant of the SSPX, Fr. Niklaus Pfluger, spent
a week at Holy Cross at the end of May. On Wednesday, 20
May, he joined the community for their monthly outing,
which took them to Lake Alexandra in Mittagong.
lunch site featured a lake with a fountain
for the stragglers...
on the trail
pause for a group photo from on high
29 APRIL 2015
to Kangaroo Falls
at the Fall from another angle
somewhere in the bush, but all are happy
12 APRIL 2015
of the Cassock
On Quasimodo Sunday at Holy Cross, seven
first year seminarians took received the clerical habit: 2
Filipinos, 1 Kenyan, 1 Ugandan, 1 Indian, 1 American, and
From left to right (front row):
Michael Zach of the United States, Daniel Yagan
of the Philippines, Cyril Alolaya of the
Philippines, Thomas Machado of India, (back row)
Joseph Manyeki of Kenya, Vincent Van Strijp of
Australia, and Jude Muhereza of
Receiving the Blessing of Cassocks
after donning the Cassock
Procession after Mass
after the ceremony
24 MARCH 2015
of Academic Year
The Seminary's academic year started
with a Marian retreat preached by Fr. Karl Stehlin,
District Superior of Asia, for the returning seminarians.
A second retreat was to be held the following week for new
seminarians and those who completed the Humanities year in
2014. However, Australian Immigration moved very slowly
this year, and no visas had been granted for our overseas
candidates by the beginning of March, even though some
applications had been lodged back in October. After many
prayers, however, 5 applications were approved on Friday,
March 6. Our candidates immediately booked their flights
and arrived by the following Saturday, March 14, so that
they could commence their retreat a week late on the 16th.
The community now counts 5 priests, 4
brothers, 23 seminarians, and 1 brother postulant. Please
pray for the perseverance of all of these candidates. For
DICI's report on the opening of the academic year, see here.
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015
The major project for the summer was the
construction of a new shed for the storage of our wood for
the winter. The former sheds were in such disrepair that
they were ready to collapse. Thanks to the support of our
benefactors, the new and ample shed is in place. On the
left, you can see the state of our old sheds, and on the
right the new structure. Br. Joseph, Br. Matthias, and
some seminarians constructed a brick retaining wall behind
the new shed before it went up.
Thank you for your generosity for making
this project a success!