The Southern Cross : December 2010
Page 12 December 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au vocations What will stick with? you Priesthood may be what you've been looking for... Catholic Vocations Centre ARCHDIOCESE OF ADELAIDE www.adelaide.catholic.org.au Fr Dean Marin Ph: (08) 8232 8688 Oreste Farrugia Ph: (08) 8301 6868 You are welcome to the Inquirers Mass ' 7.30pm Fridays 3rd December and 4th February *St Mary Church, 179 Stanley St, North Adelaide s kasedesign Next Masses ' ' You are invited to be of The order of Canons Regular of Premontre are a community of men (priests and brothers) who are committed to being Church through the profession of Evangelical Counsels, lived in community. This is expressed through the dignified celebration of the Eucharist, Common Prayer (divine office) and other varied pastoral work as a witness to the Resurrection of Christ. The community cordially welcomes any interested men to come and to discern this way of life. Come and check out our Norbertine communal way of life and prayer! For further information: Christopher J. Lim, O. Praem Tel: (08) 9451 5586 Fax: 61-8-9356 1602 E-mail: email@example.com www.norbertines.org.au Postal: 135 Treasure Road Queens Park WA 6107, Australia Name :________________________________ Address :________________________________ Postcode :________State/Region :___________ Country :________________________________ E-mail :________________________________ Tel :________________________________ Hp :________________________________ With us on the way to God! ith th h t G G G G d d! ! W W Wi O One eH He ea art A An nd dO On ne eM Miin nd By Rebecca DiGirolamo For seminarians Peter Zwaans and Peter Rozitis, studying in Rome is fair recompense for the family (and Tim-Tams) left behind in the Adelaide Archdiocese. The pair is in the final years of priesthood at separate seminaries within kilometres of the Vatican walls. Most days of the week are spent studying philosophy, theology, scripture and Latin among the ancient Roman churches where saints once prayed and died and where hundreds of thousands of religious and pilgrims from across the world visit each year for inspiration. "Our Catholic faith is timeless and universal -- where else can you get that but in Rome -- it's in your face," said Rozitis, 60. "I am studying with people from all over the world -- some of whom may go back to places where they may be martyred," says Zwaans. "To see their witness is something that has really enriched me." Zwaans, 29, was ordained a deacon with 29 other men at St Peter's Basilica in October. He is due to finish his studies in June. He will then return to Adelaide with a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (specialising in marriage and family) and will await the Archbishop's decision on the timing of his ordination. The Adelaide-born seminarian resides at the Pontifical North American College -- a stately seminary owned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In 1884, the college was granted pontifical status and is today home to about 240 men mostly from dioceses across America and a handful from Canada and Australia. Australia does not have a national seminary in Rome, so some of its seminarians study at the College in Rome to learn the unique lessons of unity and universality of the church, the traditions of faith and the ministry of the successor of St Peter. The college sits on 12 acres of landscaped property on the hilly Via del Gianicolo -- about 2km south-east of St Peter's Basilica. "We are immersed in history here, and Australia being such a young country, I think sometimes we feel a bit distant from that tradition," says Zwaans. He is among 11 Australians studying at the college (one from Adelaide, Melbourne and Wagga Wagga, five from Perth, and two from Sydney). "Personally I am very grateful to the archdiocese for having sent me." But he is eager to get back to Adelaide and begin his ministry as a priest of the diocese. So too is Rozitis, whose journey into the priesthood is somewhat different. He is half-way through four years of study at the Pontifical Beda College. The College is run by the Bishops of England and Wales and was founded in 1852 to form older men, often converted clergymen, for Catholic priesthood. The seminarians study at the College for four years (as opposed to the normal seven years of formation for younger priests) because their life experience and education is taken into account. A teacher in his former life, Rozitis joined the seminary last year -- five years after his wife Anna died. "I came to realise that there are some things in life that are more important -- like faith." He is due to complete his studies in Rome in 2014. And while he relishes the Roman Catholic history, the architecture and the vino, Peter is ever mindful that his purpose in Rome is to return home. "That's what we are here for," he said. "You do it because there is that moment when the Archbishop puts his hands on your head." Living and studying in Rome, said Peter, is just a bonus. Prayers, pasta and priesthood PETERS IN ROME: St Peter's dome rises above Adelaide seminarians (L-R) Deacon Peter Zwaans and Peter Rozitis on the rooftop-terrace of the Pontifical North American College.