Dinner a Huge Success - $152,000 Raised!
“To go forward, we must look to the past.” This was the
message of Cardinal George Pell to over 550 guests and supporters
of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, at the Raise Ezechiel
Fundraising Dinner, at the Westella Renaissance, Lidcombe, on
Saturday, November 19, 2011.
Ezechiel House is the Novitiate House
of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, which trains priests in
the rite of the Roman Missal of 1962, usually known as the
Traditional Latin Mass. The novitiate enables young men to discern
their vocations and begin their studies in Australia, before
travelling to one of the Fraternity’s international seminaries.
Since 2004, four young men have been ordained, while another three
candidates have progressed to the Seminary of Our Lady of
His Eminence drew the attention of
the audience to the importance of a local novitiate house. “I’m a
supporter of overseas study,” he said, “but I am also a believer
in putting down roots in your own country.” The Cardinal also
expressed his support for the liturgical apostolate of the
Fraternity, acknowledging the imperative need for a restoration of
reverence to public worship.
Guests also heard from Brisbane-based
Jesuit, Rev. Fr Gregory Jordan, who noted the large number of
young people at the fundraiser, and described, from his own
pastoral experience, the increasing demand from the young for
traditional and reverent forms of worship.
The multicultural character of the
Fraternity apostolate was reflected in appeal addresses delivered
in both English and Mandarin Chinese. A video presentation
highlighted other aspects of the wide-ranging pastoral care
offered by Fraternity priests, including adult and children’s
education, and home visits to the elderly and the sick.
The evening concluded with
cheers and applause, after the announcement that the dinner had
raised an outstanding $152,000 for the project. Grateful for this
generous support, the priests of the Fraternity of St Peter look
forward to the completion of Ezechiel House.
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The Fraternity of St Peter extends its thanks to all those who
purchased tickets for the Raise Ezechiel Raffle, which raised
Congratulations to the following winners:
Clare Martin (Ticket No. 06190)
1 Return Airfare to Rome + $2000 cash
Ninh Hoang (Ticket No. 29549)
Satellite Dish and Installation for EWTN and
channels + 51” Plasma TV
K.S. Lee (Ticket No. 13800)
Apple iPad 2 (32GB with 3G)
T. Takita (Ticket No. 13236)
Sydney Harbour Cruise including Buffet Lunch
Deb Canavo (Ticket No. 28858)
12 Megapixel Digital Camera
Tony Mattar (Ticket No. 22363)
R. Dodgson (Ticket No. 24377)
Veronica O'Connell (Ticket No. 14876)
Garmin GPS System
Losa Semi (Ticket No. 20165)
$100 DJ voucher
10th Prize: Francis
Drake (Ticket No. 08513)
$100 Coles Voucher
If you would like to assist
us in completing the Ezechiel House Novitiate, please
prayerfully consider making an online donation below
(or click here
for further information).
We sincerely thank all our benefactors for your
continued and generous support. You are gratefully
remembered in our prayers, and the Holy Sacrifice of
the Mass is offered for you on First Fridays.
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For enquiries email
Contact: Wanda Kwan (02) 9955 0679 / Consuella Jankovic
0425 608 158