Congratulations To Tom Duncan - Ashgrove College Old Boy
On Friday 16 November 2018 Tom Duncan (Ashgrove Old Boy 2011) was ordained to the Diaconate by Bishop of Toowoomba, Robert McGuckin in the Chapel of ACU, Banyo. Tom has been studying at the Holy Spirit Seminary Banyo. Since becoming a Deacon he has been appointed to the Parish of Highfields, just outside Toowoomba. Originally from Miles west of Toowoomba, Tom was a Boarder at Ashgrove. Although Tom was initially drawn to Franciscan spirituality, Tom’s decision to pursue seminary training for the Toowoomba diocese was prompted by the shortage of Priests in that very large rural diocese. Tom says, “When I went to Marist College Ashgrove as a boarder I was uprooted from the circles of family and friends I was so used to. This forced me to discover a more concrete sense of myself and what was important to me. One of those things was faith. Going to Sunday night boarders’ mass every week I had a growing sense of God’s presence in the Eucharist and a feeling of the transcendent. I think that ultimately put me in the right space to hear God’s invitation to be a Priest. Talking to Fr Pius Jones sm, our College Chaplain, also had a great influence on me”. Pictured at Tom’s ordination are left to right: Ms Madonna Spillane one of Tom’s teachers at Marist College Ashgrove, Tom Duncan, Mr Daniel Bull, friend of Tom Duncan and currently a staff member at Ashgrove, and Fr Tom Zaranski. Tom Zaranski, also an Old Boy of Ashgrove (2004), studied Economics after leaving school, worked part time as a Boarding supervisor at Ashgrove and was ordained a Priest in the Archdiocese of Brisbane at the end of 2017. At Tom’s ordination to the Diaconate, his priestly stole was placed over him by Br Roger Burke fms of the Ashgrove community, friend and mentor to Tom and a teacher of Latin to the seminarians. Following ordination to the Diaconate Tom was appointed to the Brisbane parish of Manly. Since becoming a Priest Tom has been stationed at Ipswich, west of Brisbane. Marist College Ashgrove is proud of these two young men, the commitments they have made and the obvious affection they each have for their alma mater. The College wishes them well in the exercise of their Priestly ministry and we thank them for their generous service of the local Church.