New priest joins noble calling
A FULL house is expected at Lismore’s St Carthage’s Cathedral tonight for the Rite of Ordination ceremony of the Reverend Peter Wood into the Catholic priesthood.
The ceremony will be the first ordination of a St Carthage’s parish member since 1992.
While the significance of the event is weighing upon the young reverend, the good-humoured 27-year-old is always ready with a positive twist and an infectious laugh.
“Yes, it’s a long time between drinks,” he quipped.
“But it’s better late than never.”
On a more serious note, Rev Wood said he expected tonight’s ceremony to be emotional, not only for him but for everyone in attendance, including his mother Remy and brother Jeremy.
Remembering his ordination as a deacon at St Carthage’s in December last year, Rev Wood said the feeling was difficult to describe.
“It’s hard to describe, but I felt really overwhelmed,” he said.
“I remember my brother coming in and wishing me luck and the tears just wouldn’t stop coming.
It has been a seven-year journey of preparation and study for Rev Wood, whose achievements include holding the position of captain at both St Carthage’s Primary School and St John’s College Woodlawn in his final years at both schools.
But Rev Wood hopes other young men will consider following in his footsteps.
“This path has given me a sense of purpose, direction and fulfilment,” he said.
“To take up such a challenge is a tough call, but it’s a noble call.”
The ordination ceremony starts at 7pm and parishioners and members of the public are welcome to attend.