A Challenging Life
By Fr Frank Smith C.Ss.R.
I am Frank Smith, a Redemptorist priest, originally from Geelong, Victoria. At quite a young age I entered the Redemptorist Juvenate at Galong, New South Wales. I was ordained in Geelong in 1969.
After ordination I specialised in Speech and Drama and Human Relations. I then lectured in Communication at Yarra Theological Union, Box Hill. In 1972, while still a young lecturer, I became involved with the Redemptorist Lay Community. This community emphasised lay involvement and Christian community building. In 1987 I went to Perth to help establish the Redemptorist Lay Community there.
In 1990 I became a member of a mixed community of men and women, of religious and laity in Mirrabooka, a suburb of Perth. I lived and ministered in this community for over five years. I was then transferred to the Exodus Community at the old Olympic Village in Heidelberg, Melbourne. I am now happy to be part of the Exodus Community, Wendouree West, in Our Lady Help of Christians parish, Ballarat.
Many of the people in Wendouree West are not well off. With several members of the Redemptorist Lay Community we live and minister among the people here. My original inspiration for joining the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer came from experiencing Redemptorist missions in my home parish. I was impressed with the preaching missioners as well as their friendliness and humour.
I have experienced Redemptorist life as a challenge. I have enjoyed it and through it have come close to God and God’s people.