Ordination to Priesthood of Nicolas Maurice, July 3, 2008. Nicolas was born in Durban, South Africa, and completed his early schooling there. He is the eldest of three. In 1990, he along with his parents and sister and brother moved to Brisbane when he was 15 years old. He completed Year 12 at Runcorn State High School on the southside of Brisbane. He then studied engineering at Queensland University and completed his degree in 1996. After working for an environmental consultancy for a short time, he did one year (1998) of voluntary youth work with a catholic apostolate, NET (National Evangelization Teams). He spent this year in Broome, Western Australia, traveling to different communities in the Kimberley. Thereafter, he returned to work as an engineer at Queensland University until entering the Good Shepherd seminary at Homebush in 2002. In 2004, Bishop Jarrett asked him to complete his studies in Rome. He has completed 4 years in Rome and will return in September to finish a final year there. The decision to study for the priesthood took time to discern. ‘While I was working as an engineer I used to receive spiritual direction from a wise priest,’ he says. Nicolas continues, ‘Spiritual direction was an important aid to help me recognize what the Holy Spirit was doing in my life. When I decided to enter the seminary I remember feeling peace and joy. These were good signs for me that I was on the right track’. He says that the time in the seminary is where one can strengthen the desire to serve as a priest. Nicolas says, ‘My time of formation has been a blessing and I have learnt plenty about myself. I think the Holy Spirit has done a lot in me over these years’. ‘I am excited at the prospect of responding to God in this way that He has called me. I will have the privilege of serving God’s people and witnessing the Lord transform lives,’ he says. Like the vocation to marriage, priesthood is not without its trials and challenges. ‘I am inspired by Pope Benedict’s words where he speaks of the importance of an ‘˜intimate friendship with Jesus’. Just like any Christian, for me an intimate friendship with Jesus is foundational when faced with all the challenges life brings’. He adds, ‘I believe that Jesus will be able to work through me to bring His love and joy to others’. The last Ordination ceremony was held in St. Carthage’s Cathedral in 1993.