Fr Trevor Trotter SSC

Fr Trevor Trotter SSC

Columban Fr Trevor Trotter SSC

Fr Trevor Trotter is the current Director of St Columbans Mission Society for Oceania. He was ordained to the Columban priesthood in 1970. His first mission appointment was to the Philippines. He has spent five years in Hong Kong on the General Council and has worked as a Scripture Lecturer and in the formation of seminarians in Sydney and the United States. Until 2018, he worked with Fr Dan Ryan, Vicar for Clergy in Brisbane Archdiocese, providing spiritual direction for the clergy as well as being involved in the formation of deacons.

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  From the Director - Listening and mission

Mar 08, 2022
If we are not paying attention to the response within ourselves, we will miss what God is trying to communicate to us. We need to listen to our own responses in order to listen to what God wants to say to us.
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  From the Director - Mission and synodality

Jan 18, 2022
At the end of the synod, a letter was written to the Christians in Antioch. After going through this synodal process, the Christians in Jerusalem were able to say, “It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves…”.
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  From the Director - Mission is simple

Jun 02, 2021
Kindness seems such a simple word, and at first glance, it does not appear to be adequate to explain the hard work being done in parishes and communities all around the world.
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  We don't have to argue

May 03, 2021
Unless we hear something different or learn something new, how will we grow in our knowledge of the truth? How will we grow in the love of God and the love of our neighbour?
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  What it means to be Australian?

May 03, 2021
I have been very aware that a lot of my attention over the last few months has been drawn to the questions around what it means to be Australian? We all know the discussions that break out around Australia Day.
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  From the Director - We are all connected

Mar 02, 2021
Often prayer comes to us naturally when things are particularly difficult. Of course, the opposite can also be true. When we feel down and depressed, praying may be the last thing that we feel like doing.
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  From the Director - Who knows what this year holds?

Jan 28, 2021
Who knows what this year holds? At these times I always remember a saying from one of the wise priests we had in the seminary. “We do not know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.” ...
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  From the Director - Stay in touch

Sep 09, 2020
In a time of pandemic, the message is not about touch but about not touching. It is about self-isolation and staying at home. The result is that we have become more aware of our need to ‘be in touch’.
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  From the Director - After being a priest for 50 years

Aug 10, 2020
Being a Columban meant not only learning more about myself, Christ and God, it also meant learning more about how to converse with people of other cultures about these same things.
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  From the Director - Missionary disciples

Jul 08, 2020
Whenever we get out of our chairs to help someone else, we are being missionary disciples of Jesus and we are involved in a bigger project than we might have imagined.
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  From the Director - The Acts of the Apostles

Jun 13, 2020
I came away with a very positive impression of the commitment and achievements of the Columban Society over the years. We could not have done it, of course, without our supporters.
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  From the Director - Spirit matters

May 11, 2020
It took him forty days of appearances to help them to trust that he would always be with them. It is the same for us.
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  From the Director - The drama of Holy Week

Apr 06, 2020
We cannot talk about our own lives meaningfully unless we talk about Jesus’ life. Unless I talk about my belief in Jesus, I am not talking about what is most important in my life, what is most fundamental.
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  From the Director - We can all be missionaries

Mar 13, 2020
In his column, Columban Fr Trevor Trotter reflects on how we can all be missionary by living our lives as humanly as possible. He reminds us that God carries on the mission in the ordinariness of our lives.
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  From the Director - The vision and mission for the new Region of Oceania

Jan 20, 2020
Our mission is to be part of the mission of the Catholic communities in Oceania. So our questions are part of a bigger question. What is the mission of the Catholic Church in Oceania?
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  From the Director - He dwells among us

Dec 02, 2019
One thing we do know is that Jesus has not left this world. Once he became flesh he did not throw it off like an old overcoat. He did not try to escape from the web of all the relationships that make up a human life.
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  From the Director - New Columban Region of Oceania

Oct 09, 2019
In Australia as we prepare for the Plenary Council the church is asking “What is God asking of us today?” As Columbans in Oceania we are asking the same question.
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  From the Director - Giver of all life

Sep 05, 2019
Like all relationships, our connection to God has ups and downs. There may be a slow beginning or a dramatic one. There may be times when God seems far away and other times where the intimacy of God can be so frightening that we look the other way.
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  From the Director - God made me do it

Aug 05, 2019
It makes us wonder – “Why does God need priests?” The answer is “We need priests to remind us that we are in God and God is in us.”
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  From the Director - We are called into the one people of God

Jul 04, 2019
My first significant learning was that being a Catholic is not just about going to Mass on Sunday and receiving the sacraments.
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