Rev­erend brings vi­tal­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.”

Photo: Sue Har­ris

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.

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