Here’s something you don’t hear about very often, via The Catholic Weeklyin Australia:
A remarkable journey will reach a new stage on 15 July when Br Robert Krishna OP will be ordained a priest by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP at St Benedict’s, Broadway. Br Robert’s journey began in Bangalore, India. Originally a Hindu, he became an atheist at the age of 10, and in his late teens considered himself an agnostic. When he was almost 18 he arrived in Australia and began a science degree at the University of Sydney, hoping to major in physics. In 2001, about three years into his degree, he decided that mathematics was not his forte. At this time, he also began to suffer from depression. The philosophical side to this depression was a worry about whether his own life, and judgements, human life and human judgements, and the world in general had any transcendent value at all, or if they were mere “sound and fury, signifying nothing.” It seemed to him that the only alternative was that the world and human beings had value because they were valued by someone not transient – God.
But wait. There’s more.
And speaking of vocations, things seem to be humming along with a group of women religious profiled by John Burger last year.
On the First Friday of July 2017, July 7th, we were blessed by God to have the Solemn Profession of Vows as a Handmaid of the Precious Blood of Sister Christiana of Christ the King. Bishop Richard F. Stika, Bishop of Knoxville, celebrated the Mass and in addition, we were honored to have His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Emeritis of Philadelphia, concelebrating. Sister Christiana’s family, from Cleveland, TN, were also in attendance. Sister Christiana is the first Tennessean to join our religious family since we moved to the Diocese in 2013. We rejoice and thank God for the gift of her life and vocation with us For Christ In His Priest.