07 May 2019

One step closer to priesthood

The Southern Cross  |  May 7 2019

One step closer to priesthood

Pasquale (Pat) Lopresti has moved a step forward on his journey to the priesthood following his ordination to the diaconate in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral last month.

With family, friends, clergy and fellow seminarians present, Pat was ordained deacon by Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, on April 27.

The former Adelaide lawyer was in his fifties when he finally decided to pursue a religious vocation and since 2016 has been studying at the Pope St John XXIII National Seminary in Massachusetts, USA.

However, the seed was planted back in the 1980s when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and the family visited Lourdes in France. So impressed was he by the spiritual healing experienced by pilgrims, including his mother who lived for another five years, that he began volunteering during his annual leave.

While pursuing an academic career and further legal studies in Sydney, he began making inquiries about the priesthood and decided it was his calling.

“Your vocation has been a long search, Pasquale,” said Bishop O’Kelly.

“You have come to it through other means of God’s revelation, your concern for justice and the rights of others.

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