From the Rector
Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland serves the five dioceses of Queensland – Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townsville – in preparing candidates for the Priesthood. The Seminary reflects the nature of the Catholic Church in its student cohort: smaller in numbers, older in age and multicultural in background. Together these fine men surface to test a vocation in a world counter cultural to faith and religion. A certain courage lies at the willing heart of each seminarian. The Seminary Staff appreciate the privilege of being chosen to journey with them.
Seminarians live separate but not isolated from normal society during their formation years. In recent time the beautiful image of the Church has suffered through clerical misconduct. The wound saddens young aspirants to the priesthood without diminishing hope. Because of the Resurrection of Jesus, fresh heart seeps into the disciples of every age. Enthused by the Spirit of God the seminarians face the future with humble confidence aided by proven spiritual and psychological resources.
In their common sense approach to serving the Church reclaim its vitality in mission, through ordained ministry, they welcome and rely on the prayerful support of families, friends and all who love the Church and the priesthood. Thank you for your interest in those open to discerning the mystery of Christ in their lives and in the life of the Church.
Support the Seminary
The formation of men for the priesthood of the future is an essential work of the Church. This formation does not occur in isolation and requires the support of the entire Church community. There are three ways to offer support to the continuing formation of priests. Firstly and most importantly your prayers are essential; secondly, recognizing and encouraging young men who might be called to serve the Church as priests; and finally, your financial support for the continuing work of the Seminary would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made directly to the Seminary and please consider remembering this important cause in your will.
About the Seminary
Founded in 1939, the Queensland Provincial Seminary is located in Banyo in the Northern suburbs of Brisbane. For over eighty years young men have trained at Banyo in preparation for a life of mission and Priestly ministry in the Catholic Church in Queensland and beyond.
In 2003 the original Seminary buildings opened their doors to welcome the Australian Catholic University. A new, vibrant and innovative Seminary campus was constructed in 2007 and extended in 2010.
At the heart of the new Seminary buildings is the Oratory. Each day the Seminary community gathers for Mass and prayer in the Oratory. Each Thursday, priests and seminarians come together in the Oratory for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The prayer intention of the community is for vocation to the Priesthood and Religious Life. It is in the Oratory that priestly hearts are formed by the Holy Spirit.