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Dec 2018 '18
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Following St Francis: Fr Francesco Mary Gavazzi 'just wanted to follow and live for God alone'

In May 2018, Father Francesco Mary Gavazzi was ordained a priest with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York. The ordination marked a 12-year journey for the Australian native that began...
Dec 2018 '18
13th

Tongan Caritas leader says 'effects of climate change are being felt on a daily basis'

AFTER world leaders gathered in Poland for the United Nations' annual climate conference, a Catholic advocate in the Pacific has warned of the environmental damage being suffered on her island home. "The effects of climate...
Dec 2018 '18
13th

Schools' energy commitment: It's about just about power but 'caring for the environment'

2018. IT was the year a fully electric vehicle had its first test run on Australian roads - here in Queensland. And it was the year Brisbane Catholic schools embarked on a pioneering clean-energy project that aims to...
Dec 2018 '18
12th

Archbishop Philip Wilson's conviction for concealing child sexual abuse quashed

A JUDGE has described how Australia's mainstream media can exert subtle pressure during court cases, as he quashed the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson for covering up child sexual abuse. The former Adelaide...
Dec 2018 '18
12th

Cooking up a fresh start - New bakery offering refugee chef a chance to start again

By Mark Bowling A REFUGEE chef from war-torn Syria is working towards a fresh start in Australia by sharing his culinary skills and culture at a new bakery-cafe south of Brisbane. After fleeing Aleppo with his young Catholic...
Dec 2018 '18
11th

For Sr Elisabeth Keane pastoral ministry is all about 'the caring, compassionate face of Christ'

SR Elisabeth Keane loved life as a teacher and mentor of young women, and then she discovered the joys of parish ministry, but now she's really at home in prison. Every week for the past 18 years, she's been visiting women...
Dec 2018 '18
10th

Nudgee College and Australian media honour top achiever Sean Dorney

ACCLAIMED foreign correspondent Sean Dorney remains firmly in the limelight, picking up two major awards recently despite his daily struggle with motor neurone disease. Diagnosed with the debilitating disease last year and...
Dec 2018 '18
10th

Tamlin Hall's journey of hope - St Rita's College student recovering from rare cancer

IN February 2017, 13-year-old Tamlin Hall split her leg open on a flight of timber stairs at her family home in Brisbane. She was taken to the emergency room for what she thought would be routine surgery. Days later, she was...
Dec 2018 '18
7th

Chaplains says it's time to listen to young people's clear and growing worries about mental health

CATHOLIC chaplains have reacted to the findings of a new youth survey, saying the high number of young people concerned about mental health should be a call to action to the Church as well as Australia's mental health...
Dec 2018 '18
6th

Sexting common among teens - 'Parents have to play their part in the responsible use of phones'

PARENTS must take responsibility for young people using their smartphones, including cracking down on rampant teen sexting, a Catholic education leader says. "Phones are here to stay so how do we use them properly?" deputy...
Dec 2018 '18
6th

Good Shepherd Primary School's angelic choir brings tears to Mater patient's eyes

SWEET singing primary schoolers have brought Christmas cheer to Mater Private Hospital Springfield. Patient Audrey Chapman, who has spent almost four weeks at the hospital for radium treatment, said it was wonderful to be...
Dec 2018 '18
6th

Brisbane parish group empowered a remote, war-torn Catholic region of East Timor

BRISBANE parishioners have celebrated a mission accomplished after 18 years supporting projects in East Timor that have empowered a remote, war-torn Catholic community and yielded lifelong friendships. In 2000, parishioners...
Dec 2018 '18
5th

Listening, learning, praying - an Advent pastoral letter by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AT a time when the average age of Catholics in Australia is 59, it has been good to celebrate the Year of Youth which is now coming to an end. Perhaps it would've been better to have a decade of youth, but the year was a...
Dec 2018 '18
5th

'Devastating' fires hit region, Rockhampton bishop praises the spirit and generosity of volunteers

THE courage of firefighters battling to save lives and property has been recounted by a priest as Queensland turns to recovery after a fortnight of scorching conditions classified as "catastrophic" for the first time. "This...
Dec 2018 '18
5th

Missionary Tanzanian priest Fr Tom Kessy is finding his feet in the heart of Brisbane

HE has celebrated Mass on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, sat around the campfire with the Aboriginal people of the Pilbara in Western Australia and now this priest from Tanzania is finding his feet in the heart of Brisbane. Holy...
Dec 2018 '18
4th

Ralph Devlin discusses law, faith, music, and growing up in an Irish Catholic household

Question: Tell me about your early years. Answer: I grew up in Chermside at the end of the tram terminus. Of a father who served in the Second World War who barely survived it, and a mother who, as a very young person...
Dec 2018 '18
3rd

Graduates of new Centacare course commissioned

A NEW group of pastoral carers has been commissioned for service in Brisbane archdiocese. They were commissioned at Mass recently in St Stephen's Chapel after having completed a new course being offered by Centacare...
Dec 2018 '18
3rd

St James College asylum-seeker student's dreams of studying to become a doctor revived

OUTSTANDING refugee student Soumi Gopalakrishnan faces deportation together with her Tamil family but, for now, she is celebrating the prospect of fulfilling her dream of studying to become a doctor. The 19-year-old was...
Dec 2018 '18
3rd

Van-do attitude of Rosies volunteers help secure vehicle and barbecue trailer worth $60,000

FOR twelve years, a loyal band of Rosies volunteers has buzzed around the Beenleigh area distributing hot meals to the hungry. Last week, they were rewarded for their hard work, when a superannuation fund gifted them a van...
Dec 2018 '18
1st

National Day of Sorrow and promise for those hurt by abuse within the Catholic Church

CATHOLIC religious orders across Australia - religious women and men - are marking a national Day of Sorrow and Promise on Sunday, December 2. The day coincides with the start of Advent and of a new Church year, and is to...
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