Fr Trenton on a mission

Fr Trenton Van Reesch

Fr Trenton Van Reesch

After effectively spending the past five years studying for his Bachelor of Theology and then a licentiate in Dogmatic Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, Father Trenton Van Reesch returned to Australia in early July, much to the delight of the people in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

Wasting little time since arriving back in Canberra, Fr Trenton had a couple of weeks at home with his family before taking up his appointment as assistant priest of the Temora Mission on Friday, July 22.

The young priest will assist Fr Simon Falk (parish priest), in ministering to the good folk of Temora and its surrounding areas.

Speaking to the Catholic Voice just a couple of days before joining the Temora Mission, Fr Trenton expressed his delight at being in familiar surrounds once again, this time on a permanent basis.

“I’ve come back here a few times on holidays from Rome, but it really is wonderful to be back here permanently,” the Archdiocese’s most recently ordained priest said late last month.

“Studying in Rome and being ordained a deacon over there was an incredible experience and privilege. I am so grateful and have a great affection for Rome, but an even greater affection for Canberra and Goulburn. It’s good to be home,” he said.

Ordained a priest at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka on August 28 last year, Fr Van Reesch is equally excited about his recent move to Temora.

“Naturally it’s all very exciting. This is my first posting as a priest in the Archdiocese.”

“I am truly humbled to be serving God’s people. I am a priest for them, ordained for them,” he said.