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Tom begins Catholic priest training after call from God

BUDDING PRIEST: St Mary’s Parish parishioners (from left) Bruce Lane, Erin and Marguerite Walsh and Kev Seaby with seminarian Tom Duncan at Assisi Place.
BUDDING PRIEST: St Mary’s Parish parishioners (from left) Bruce Lane, Erin and Marguerite Walsh and Kev Seaby with seminarian Tom Duncan at Assisi Place. Gerard Walsh

TOM Duncan is in Warwick on pastoral placement after receiving a calling from God to train to be a Catholic priest.

After finishing Year 12 at Marist Brothers Ashgrove, Mr Duncan worked in a furniture factory in Brisbane for a year before starting his training to be a Catholic priest at the Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo.

"God is calling me to be a priest," Mr Duncan said.

"I like being with people and a priest is with people during the happiest and saddest parts of their lives.

"Joy and peace come from doing what God has planned."

He said now was one of the best times to be training to become a priest.

"There is no power, money or glory in being a priest at a time there has been a lot of bad publicity," he said.

"I am keen to be a priest for the love of Jesus and a keenness to help people."

Mr Duncan hails from Miles and played rugby league in the town as a junior and for the South West Stockmen in underage teams before heading to Brisbane.

He would love to play rugby league but is assigned to a parish in Brisbane at weekends, which restricts his chance to play.

This year he worked at the Albany Creek parish and will be allocated to another parish next year when he goes into the fourth of seven years of studies. He will be in Warwick for four weeks.

Each year, he does fit in one game of rugby league when he returns midyear to his family at Miles.

"The players at the Miles Devils are welcoming and have been very respectful of what I do," he said.

He is a Brisbane Broncos supporter and once he finishes his training won't be saying no to any approaches to be chaplain for a footy club.

But most of all, he wants to return to the Diocese of Toowoomba to work in the church and for the people.

Topics:  catholic priest church god training warwick



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