Posted on: September 11, 2020

Fr Richard celebrates 10th Anniversary as a priest

10 Years of Service – Q&A with Fr Richard Rosse

by Tien Tran, 4th Year Seminarian
Corpus Christi College

Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination. It’s a significant milestone in your priestly life as well as a joyful occasion for those to whom you minister. Today we thank God for the gift of your life and pray for you on this occasion. This year we can’t get together to celebrate it with you so to help us to celebrate this occasion I’ve got a list of questions I’d like to ask you and I’m sure your people would love to hear your answers too.

TIEN: Pick two best memories in your 10 years of the priesthood?

FR RICHARD: Leading two pilgrimages to the Holy Land to follow in the steps of Jesus. These included their own highlights. On the first occasion, it was the celebration of Mass very close to the tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On the second occasion, it was the celebration of Mass at the church of the Nativity.

The occasion of the anointing of the mother of friends of mine and the fact that she died during the celebration of the sacrament.

One challenge?

Being the best pastor that I can be.

Other “hats” you are wearing at the moment apart from being Parish Priest here?

I am on several committees which include the Archbishop’s Council Of Priests, the Priests’ Remuneration Fund, the Diocesan Pastoral and Maintenance Fund, Corpus Christi Priests’ Association, the Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, and also help the Archbishop with liturgies when he asks me to.

Your favourite scripture verse?

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ, and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me.” I try my best to live up to this verse.

Your favourite saint?

St Thérèse of Lisieux

How many chickens do you have and what are their name?

I have two chickens and their names are Felicity and Perpetua.

Name four things you can’t live without.

  1. Times of quiet (praying, walking, praying while walking.)
  2. Airplanes and everything associated with them
  3. Television
  4. Time with friends

Languages you speak.

French, Mauritian Creole, English, and Italian

Two things you do to relax.

  1. Watch TV
  2. Watching clips of airplanes

Three things you’ve done during this lockdown.

  1. I’ve thoroughly cleaned my house with the help of Tien.
  2. I learned to ride a bike with the help of Tien.
  3. I’ve walked a lot without the help of Tien.

Two things you can’t wait to do when restrictions ease.

  1. Hug members of my family
  2. Have a meal in a restaurant

What does this significant milestone mean for you?

It reminds me of the importance of giving thanks firstly for the grace of the priesthood and importantly for the people in my life. I find my strength in the knowledge that I am serving the people of God in this grace-filled way.

What are you doing today to celebrate this occasion?

Tien will cook a barbecue for dinner and there will be some champagne flowing.

Something you want to say to the people of St Catherine of Siena, Caroline Springs on this occasion.

A million times thank you. Thank you for welcoming me among you when I arrived three years ago and allowing me to serve God in the way he has destined I should. Of course, I still need your support, your guidance, your corrections, your encouragements and most importantly your prayers.

Some facts about Fr Richard

  • Born in Mauritius in 1977
  • Moved to Australia in 1998 for tertiary education
  • Entered the Seminary in 2004
  • Ordained priest on 11th September 2010
  • Been Assistant Priest at Noble Park and the Cathedral
  • Became Parish Priest of St Catherine of Siena, Caroline Springs on 4th October 2017