Vocations Awareness Week 2014: Parramatta Seminarian Kennedy Anyanwu


Vocations Awareness Week 2014: Kennedy Anyanwu
Kennedy Anyanwu spends his days in prayer, meditation and study (with time for soccer thrown in, of course). Photo: Will Luckman.

By Will Luckman, Catholic Outlook August 2014 Vocations Awareness Week Feature

Kennedy Anyanwu will soon swap his studies for the soccer pitch as he and his fellow Parramatta seminarians at Holy Spirit Seminary prepare to take part in the annual seminarian games.

Born the younger of two boys to a strong Catholic family in Nigeria, Kennedy modestly accepts his new life in Australia and said he is grateful for the opportunities his vocation affords.

Kennedy enjoyed a typical childhood following in the footsteps of his older brother and a starry-eyed love for the sport dubbed ‘The World Game’.

However, outside the soccer pitch, the blossoming youth was struggling to find his true ambition until the determination of loving parents helped him carve a much greater goal.

When I was a kid, my parents would make sure I went to church and to school even though, most times, I would refuse,” he said. “At the time I couldn't understand why they were doing it but I did learn a lot about God, and that remained with me, encouraging me along the way.”

There comes a point in life where you think, what are you actually on this earth for? And there are lots of things that you would like to do, but a particular one that interests you most. For me, it is the desire to become a priest.”

Kennedy was nine years old when he first thought of joining the priesthood. “I was always very close to the church, the priests and the seminarians of my diocese, and enjoyed the way they used to chant the Prefaces and Canons during Eucharistic celebrations – I even memorised some of them”, he smiled.

“As time went on, the spirit grew in me, and soon I felt that this journey was where God wanted me to be. So I prayed, God, if this is where you want me, I'm ready for it. Give me the courage to carry on.' So I finished my high school and joined the joined the Claretian Missionaries seminary in 2004.

There are so many times I have had doubt and that is a normal, even a compulsory, aspect of our formation called vocation crisis. If a seminarian doesn't have such experience, his vocation is questionable because there are times when one thinks he is tired, that he cannot go on, especially when he sees his mates in different positions in life.

“Sometimes they try to influence you, but because you are called for a different purpose in life, you appreciate and value your own vocation.”

In 2013, Kennedy was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Parramatta. He now spends his days in prayer, meditation and study (with time for soccer thrown in, of course).

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