Reverend brings vitality
THE Catholic Parish of Gayndah, Mundubbera and Eidsvold welcomed Father Jason Middleton as their new Parish Priest last weekend.
Rev Middleton was born in Brisbane in 1982.
His mother, Kay, was the Catholic in the family and raised Jason and his sister Tanya in the faith.
“My mother showed us a wonderful example of loving prayer and service,” Rev Middleton said.
He was educated at Catholic schools in Brisbane; one run by the Dominicans and the other by the Augustinians.
“After leaving school I had wanted to enter the seminary to train to be a priest, but was too young so I worked at Woolworths for two years and studied Theology part time,” he said.
During those years he contributed to the youth ministry in his parish and was on the Parish Pastoral Council.
In 2002 he entered Holy Spirit Seminary, which at that stage was based in the Parish of Wavell Heights and four years later completed his Internship Year (pastoral placement) at Tugun/Coolangatta Parish on the Gold Coast.
After this he continued his academic study and pastoral training in Albany Creek Parish, north of Brisbane, where, after two years, he was ordained a deacon and six months later as a priest.
His ordination on June 27, 2008, coincided with theWorld Youth Day in Sydney.
Since then he ministered in Southport and Surfers Paradise before being appointed to the North Burnett area.
“I have received such a warm welcome to the area, and am truly appreciative of the hospitality I have received thus far.
“The people of this community have been friendly and receptive to my presence, and I amexcited to not only get to know the people of this parish, but to continue the good work that has already been started under the pastoral care of Fr John Khoai, with renewed vitality and commitment.”
WELCOME: Members of the Mundubbera Catholic community welcomed Father Jason Middleton who held his first services in the parish of Gayndah, Mundubbera and Eidsvold last weekend. (from left) Christine Seth, Judy O'Brien, Colleen Whelan and Teresa Augustine.