Buon Viaggio Father Bellamy!
Father Greg Bellamy, Assistant Priest at St. Brigid’s Dubbo, has been farewelled as he heads overseas to continue his studies.
Father Greg will be undertaking a Licentiate in Patristic Theology (a study of the writings of the early Church) and the History of the Church at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome for a period of approximately two years from July 2014.
It is interesting to note that Bathurst has already produced one great Patristic scholar of international stature - Dom Hugh Connelly OSB (1873-1948) - originally from Carcoar.
"I am very grateful for the time I have spent with the Catholic community in Dubbo, and in a particular way I have enjoyed working with the students at St. John's College” said Father Greg. “Likewise, I feel very privileged to have been involved in our Diocese's vocations ministry for the past three years. Helping young people discover their vocation is such an important part of the Church's mission".
Father Bellamy said he was excited at the prospect of living and studying in Rome “…particularly because it is an opportunity to be close to the Holy Father, Pope Francis. I am grateful to Bishop McKenna for the chance to study the writings of the great Fathers of the Church. There is much they can teach us today concerning ministry, theology, prayer and how to read the Sacred Scriptures in a faith-filled manner. Please keep me in your prayers".