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In persona Christi: Rev John Watkins' Ordination


Ordination of Rev John Watkins
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu

The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta has celebrated Rev John Watkins' Ordination to the Priesthood on Saturday 6 November at St Patrick's Cathedral.

"This morning the young man is called John; this afternoon we will call him Father," said The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, in his Homily for the Mass of Ordination. "It is a title of respect, but not, I hope, of distance: indeed, it should be one of endearment and trust.

"Christ came as the new Adam, the new spiritual father and head of the human race. He made the Church for Himself as His bride and for humanity as its mother.

"When he does those things most central to his priestly identity Fr John will stand in the person of that new Adam, in persona Christi. Priests of Christ exist to raise the children of God to full stature and, like the Good Shepherd, willingly lay down their lives for their flock."

A full version of Bishop Anthony's Homily and a Photo Gallery of the Mass of Ordination can be found on the Diocese of Parramatta site.

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