BEING a Catholic in India and being a Catholic in Australia mean very different things.
And as the newest missionary priest to arrive in Rockhampton, Father Rajasekhar Kodavatikanti is relishing in the opportunity to experience both.
Father Raj arrived in Rockhampton last Wednesday, leaving behind a poor area in northern India which was reasonably hostile to Christianity.
"It's a different experience," he said.
"Coming here, it is an utterly different ministry.
"(But) the church is universal. If you look at the church in India, it was not born in India, it was brought to India by many missionaries like St Thomas."
Father Raj is one of three Indian priests who arrived in Central Queensland to assist the local parishes after meeting with Bishop Brian Heenan and Father John Grace during their trip to India in 2010.
Father John said the priests were a marvellous addition to the church.
"It's more than helping, it's enriching the church," he said.
Father John Tete is also based in Rockhampton after a stint in Longreach, while Father Thadayoose Lazar is based in Mackay.