During 2022 we were very fortunate to have Josh McDermid,
a fourth-year seminarian for the Archdiocese of Adelaide,
join our Parish for the year.
Seminarian Josh McDermid’s Introduction
I am a fourth-year seminarian for the Archdiocese of Adelaide.
Growing up in the Golden Grove area, I attended St Francis Xavier’s Catholic School and Gleeson College, but did not begin regularly practising the Catholic faith until after I participated in the Sydney World Youth Day when I was 18.
Prior to entering the seminary in 2019, I was a teacher in Catholic secondary schools, most recently as English and Literacy Coordinator at Cardijn College, Noarlunga Downs.
Outside of education and religion, I have an interest in lawn bowls, tennis, and supporting the Port Adelaide Football Club. After three years of predominantly academic study at Corpus Christi College seminary in Melbourne, often removed from parishes, schools, and nursing homes due to lockdowns, I am particularly looking forward to being part of this parish and the broader Lefevre Peninsula community during 2022.
Goodbye and Thank You
On Christmas Day (2022), my placement in the Lefevre Catholic Community came to an end.
Last year (2021) when I was told that I would was being placed in this parish I knew very little about it, but from the moment I arrived you have made me feel incredibly welcome. It is has been wonderful to be involved in so many different aspects of the parish. It has also been a privilege to be invited into so many of your homes. You have provided a fantastic environment for me to learn about parish life and the ministry of a parish priest. I have also been warmly welcomed into the parish schools,· Dominican and Our Lady of the Visitation, for which I am greatly appreciative.
This time with you has also helped me to discern God's call in my life and has strengthened my confidence that God is indeed calling me to the diocesan priesthood. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over this year, whether through discussions, encouragement, prayer or a combination thereof. Though it is impossible to name everyone, I would like to particularly thank the leaders of the committees and ministries I was able to work with, Dennis Kennedy (Vinnies), Ian Keane (Stella Maris) and Gael Little (Parish Pastoral Council), those who made up my feedback . group, Ruby Tolja, Claire Moore, Beth Earthey, Rob Passaniti and Mary Ireland, and the parish staff, Jean McMahon, Sr Marie Egan RSJ, and Carolyn Watt.
Finally, I owe a depth of gratitude to Fr Roderick O'Brien, who has guided me and provided a model of priestly ministry.
More Parish History still to come