The Southern Cross : August 2010
Page 4 August 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au vocations THE THERRY DRAMATIC SOCIETY Presents a Noel Coward treat Directed by Barry Hill Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide Thurs 19 -- Sat 21 August 2010 at 8pm Wed 25 -- Sat 28 August 2010 at 8pm Matinees both Saturdays at 2pm Special preview Wed 18 August at 8pm ($9) Book from 19 July-6 August 8296 3477 (Mon-Fri) From 9 August 8410 5515 (M-F 10am-5pm) BASS or Venue*tix (Preview not available through BASS or Venuetix) Lighting a new life Three of Adelaide's five seminarians have been scattered across the archdiocese this month to become more deeply involved in parish life. Deng Chuor, 24, will be working at the Mt Gambier parish until December before returning to complete his studies at Corpus Christi College in Melbourne. Closer to Adelaide, seminarians Peter Zwaans and Peter Rozitis will spend the next two weeks in Murray Bridge and Salisbury respectively. Peter Zwaans, 29, will return to Rome next month to complete his final year of study. He is due to be ordained a deacon -- one step away from priesthood -- in October. The Adelaide-born former university student said his choice to become a priest began at World Youth Day Toronto eight years. "Hearing the words of Pope John Paul II really helped me realise and accept that this was God's calling and to respond to it," said Peter. " Deng, 24, said the "pastoral placement" in the South-east would give him the chance to witness firsthand the everyday work involved in leading a parish. "It's so different from the seminary," he said three days into his placement last month. "I can see the life that I'm heading down right in front of me and how busy a priest can be." Born in Sudan, Deng and his family fled the war-torn country and spent 12 years in a refugee camp in Kenya. It was there he became Catholic despite his family's Muslim upbringing. "I loved to dance and I would go to the liturgical dances in the camp and after that I would watch the catechesis classes," he said. Deng was baptised, confirmed and received his First Communion when he was 13-years-old. Within one week of arriving in Adelaide in 2004 he contacted Father Dean Marin -- now director of vocations for the diocese. "I told him straight away I wanted to be a priest." Now in his fourth year, Deng is just over half way towards priesthood. "During my time in Kenya, I just knew I wanted to do something beautiful for God." By Jenny Brinkworth Spending time in rural South Australia provided Vietnamese refugee Luan Le with the time and tranquility to reflect on the meaning of his life, paving the way for his eventual ordination as a Capuchin priest last month. Father Luan Le OFMCap came to Adelaide in 1989 as a 16 year old with his mother and older brother to be reunited with his father who had fled Vietnam in the early eighties. He had no English and spent a year studying the language before attending Parks Community High School in Years 10, 11 and 12. After studying medical laboratory science at Uni SA, Luan worked at the Lyall McEwin Hospital for six months before being posted to Port Augusta Hospital and then Port Lincoln. He was struck by the quiet of country life but also by the welcoming approach of the people. "They were very open and helped me a lot to settle down," he said. He had been involved in the Woodville parish in the city where he was in the choir and continued his involvement with parish life at Port August and then Port Lincoln, where he found his calling. "I had everything I needed and I was looking for something different, something more meaningful," he explained. "I had more time for prayer." Influenced by the Capuchin and Franciscan presence in Port Lincoln over the years, Luan started a dialogue with Father Robert Stewart, Vocational Director for the Capuchins in Australia. He also read a lot about the life of St Padre Pio and was encouraged to seek out his vocation with the Capuchins, joining the postulancy in Sydney in 2001. After a period in the novitiate he went on to make his solemn profession as a brother in 2007 and then joined the seminary in Melbourne where he completed the studies required for him to become a priest. Luan said his parents were initially taken aback by his decision: "they were normal parents who wanted their son to get married, have children and a good profession". "But they soon accepted it and now they are very happy." Now based in a large, multicultural, western suburbs parish in Sydney, Luan said the communal life of the Capuchin order suited his personality and his love of people. "You never live alone -- there are four brothers who live together in one community -- we pray together and have meals together," he said. It's a very busy life with six Masses over a weekend attracting about 3000 parishioners of Filipino, Vietnamese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Maltese, African and English extraction. There are also two nursing homes, a hospital, three schools and catechism programs to worry about. "It's a very active life," Luan said. Now 37, he appreciates the fact that he had a different career as a young person. "When you know how to make a living and have experience in life, it's easier because you have been through different stages of life and are more mature," he said. "You don't have a biological family but you are part of God's family." 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