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Andrew follows calling to the Catholic priesthood

CALLING FROM GOD: Rockhampton man Andrew Hogan is on his way to becoming ordained as a priest. He is completing his pastoral training in Mackay.
CALLING FROM GOD: Rockhampton man Andrew Hogan is on his way to becoming ordained as a priest. He is completing his pastoral training in Mackay.

ANDREW Hogan is dedicating his life to showing people that God loves them.

The Rockhampton man could always feel a calling to God, and now at 31, he's ready to fulfil that calling.

Andrew is expected to be ordained next year to become a Catholic priest in Rockhampton.

He said it had taken him time to understand where he was meant to be in life.

"I was aware of priesthood as a child and while growing up, and the idea of becoming a priest became stronger and stronger as I got older," Mr Hogan said.

"I went to the seminary from 2002 to 2005, but for me I was too young and I had too much doubt, so I withdrew."

Along with a Bachelor of Theology, Mr Hogan obtained a Graduate Diploma in Learning and taught primary school students in the region for the next few years.

"I taught in Emerald, Gladstone and North Rockhampton," he said.

"I enjoyed teaching, but you can't run away from God. That feeling was still there, so I re-entered the seminary last year."

This time, Mr Hogan knows he's made the right decision.

He is spending the year doing pastoral training in Mackay, before being ordained in 2014.

"I did enjoy studying but it's far better to be out in the community and working with people," he said.

"In a nutshell, the best part of what I do is ultimately showing people that God loves them."

Topics:  catholic, priesthood




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