ASHLEY Caldow is the first priest to be ordained in the Sandhurst Diocese since 2008.
The deacon's ceremony at the weekend and was part of the ordination mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Father Caldow was born into a Catholic family in Nathalia and knew from an early age what his religion meant to him.
“It’s got something to do with serving the people of God,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to acting as a mediator between people and god.
“I was aware of the vocation and had a desire for it since I was eight.
“As you grow up and go through your teenage years, you tend to go in other ways and have a bit of a wild existence until you mature and start to think about it.”
For Father Caldow there was no shining-light moment, it was a gradual build towards priesthood.
“It becomes reaffirmed as you mature and experience different things and meet different people,” he said.
“For a while certain things fall into place and some doors close. I was engaged for a short period of time and thought maybe that’s where God wanted me to go but that wasn’t the case.”
Father Caldow turned 40 last week but doesn’t consider himself a young priest.