It has been an extremely joyous week. To top it up we learned last night that Fr Mark Edwards OMI was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne Archdiocese. As Oblates we are called to serve the Church and this call Fr Mark has received is all about serving the Church. Fr Mark has been closely associated with our Scholasticate, where he not only was formed to be an Oblate priest but where he also spent many years as a formator, helping young Oblates to prepare well for their missionary ministry. Br Sayyane was particularly over the moon at the news, as Fr Mark was his pre-Novice Master. It was Fr Mark who introduced Br Sayyane to the Oblate way of life and later he was also his Rector in the Seminary. In our Seminary the news was announced at 10 pm in the chapel where we sang the thanksgiving Magnificat and said prayers for Fr Mark. After that we gathered as a community to share stories about Fr Mark. It was great to see the excitement of the seminarians who rejoiced at the news so much. It is a sign that they have identified themselves with the Oblates deeply and good things that happen to the Oblates bring joy to our scholastics. St Eugene de Mazenod always insisted that as members of the Oblate Congregation we must develop a fraternal bonds with each other that make us a family of faith, rather than a team of ministers. We all are looking forward to December 17, when Fr Mark and Fr Terrence Curtin will be consecrated bishops at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, the very same church where Fr Mark was ordained a priest by Archbishop Francis Little in 1986.
Fr Daniel OMI
An Oblate Priest