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Vocations Ministry

Where is your life going? Are you feeling unsettled, bored, disappointed with your life so far?

Maybe the Catholic Priesthood is for you. God may be calling you to follow him as an ordained Priest or as a Religious Brother or Sister. Have you ever seriously considered the Priesthood or Religious Life as being a viable option for you?

Frs Gonzalo Garcia Duran (Chinchilla Parish) and Fr Jamie Collins (Roma Parish) are the Vocation Directors for the Diocese of Toowoomba. They are both readily available to assist anyone interested in finding out more about the Priesthood or the religious life.
Why not give either of them a call?

For anyone interested in the Diocesan Priesthood, Diocesan policy requires a period of ‘pre-seminary’ formation when a possible candidate spends time in a parish observing the lifestyle of the local priest and joining in some activities of the local community. During this time, regular spiritual direction is essential for the candidate.

After the period of ‘pre-seminary’ formation, the Bishop then formally accepts the candidate for the Toowoomba Diocese. He then commences study at the Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo in Brisbane. This seminary is the place of formation for candidates for the Diocesan Priesthood from throughout Queensland. The time of formation at the seminary is a combination of academic study, pastoral activity in parishes and spiritual formation. Some pastoral activity is performed in one’s home Diocese before ordination.

Details for formation in religious orders would vary and are available on application.

Remember, the first step along the journey is only a phone call away.

Contact Information


Fr Gonzalo Garcia Duran
Phone: 07 4662 7031

Fr Jamie Collins
Phone: 07 4622 1075

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One of the striking features on our Diocesan Crest is the prominent depiction of the wheatsheaf. The image of wheat that is grown in many parts of our diocese is a representation of Eucharist. The wheat begins as a single grain before being planted, nurtured, grown to maturity and then processed to become the Body of Christ at Eucharist. Like the seed that is our vocation we too need to be nurtured and cared for in order to allow growth to take place along our journey of faith. Families and communities are encouraged through prayer and action to nurture the seed of vocation in the lives of those who may be considering the path to Priesthood or Religious Life. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it remains just a single grain, but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24


Postal Address: Care of Stanthorpe Parish
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Useful Links

Useful Links


Local Catholic Agencies


Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office
CatholicCare Social Services Toowoomba
James Byrne Centre
St Vincent’s Care Services

Australian Catholic Church

Catholic Church in Australia website

  • Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
  • Vocations Ministry information
  • Liturgical Calendar
  • Catholic Health Australia

~ Official Directory of the Catholic Church in Australia

Global Catholic Church

The Vatican
The Vatican Channel on YouTube
Vatican News Network
Pope Francis Twitter Page

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(1979-1984) William Morris serves as Secretary to Archbishop Rush in Brisbane and Diocesan Director of Vocations

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Message from our Bishop: God-With-Us

The Christmas decorations in the shops have been up for weeks! The commercial side of Christmas is unavoidable, however it does help point us in the direction of the great feast that unites us all. While we look forward to the many associated activities of the festivities, we should never forget those who also dread something of this time of year. The realities of living can leave us with sorrow around this time as perhaps a loved one will no longer grace our table or a family member has distanced themselves from the unity we long for as families. The people of Tara and other regions have lost their homes and livelihoods through bushfires and other disasters. For all those who experience sadness this Christmas, we assure you of our prayers, but we also remind you of the essence of what we celebrate. i.e. God is with us!

Read Bishop Ken’s full message on page 3 of the latest issue of Horizons >>

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