We have just said good bye to the NET Mazenod. Those five young people gave a year of their life to minister to our Oblate Mazenod Collage here in Melbourne. It was obvious how much their ministry meant to the students and the staff of the school, it was also obvious how much of their heart the NET Team gave to their ministry here. However what we could witness here at St Mary’s, where those young people stayed, was the little Christian community they created. They were more they just a team of inspiring people, they were a taste of the Church. Through their common prayers and reflections every day, through their support for each other, through their common passion for Christ and the Church they were showing that being a Catholic isn’t a selfish and individualistic path through life but it is the path where others are your priority. We will miss them as they fit very well into our Oblate lifestyle at the Seminary. In them I could recognize a lot of our own Oblate spirituality, which focuses on Christ and builds up the Church, not an abstract Church but the Church with the faces of concrete people. It is also such an uplifting thing to see young people giving happily a year of their life to serve Christ and his Church. I am sure that wherever they go in the future they will take with them the graces of their time as NET Community. As they completed their ministry at the Mazenod Collage and returned to their families we see that with their absence there is not only more room in the seminary but that there is also more room in our hearts as they have enlarged them. It is sad to say a good by to friends but it our faith that tells us that they need to be a blessing to other people too. I am sure they will be such a blessing wherever they go.
Fr Daniel OMI
An Oblate Priest