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Seminary turns 75: Former seminarians return to their alma mater for anniversary celebrations

Fr Anthony Mellor as a seminarian

ON November 3, the bishops and priests of Queensland went to Banyo to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary. Many priests, spanning several generations, some now retired, recalled fond memories of their years of formation at the seminary. Mass was celebrated in the former seminary chapel at the Australian Catholic University campus now called Holy Spirit Chapel. ... Read More »

Queensland’s same-sex adoption laws denies child the right to a mother and father, opponents say

gay adoptions

NEW Queensland legislation allowing same-sex couples to adopt, denies the rights of the child, according to opponents including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. “It represents another attempt to say there is no difference between heterosexual marriage and same-sex partnerships or marriage, and raises all sorts of questions about the rights of the child,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “The fundamental problem is that ... Read More »

Catholic school students recall plight in Cambodia at special Mass

mission Mass

HUNDREDS of Catholic school students marked World Children’s Mission Day by attending a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, focusing on the plight of young Cambodians. “We are part of a global economy; how we live affects others,” Catholic Mission’s diocesan director David McGovern told students. “There are many children who cannot attend school because of poverty or disability.” Mr McGovern described ... Read More »

Dreamworld tragedy: Police chaplains offered a listening ear during the worst

Vigil at Dreamworld

AS police and ambulance workers rushed to the fatal accident scene at Dreamworld, a priority call was made to police chaplain Fr Paul Kelly. Fr Kelly’s urgent help was required. He and other chaplains would be working shoulder-to-shoulder with the “first responders” as a crime scene was set up around the Thunder River Rapids ride, statements taken and next of ... Read More »

Meet Australia’s dinosaur hunter, Doug Miller

DOUG Miller was bitten by the dinosaur bug 12 years ago. Now the parishioner from St Anthony’s and St Luke’s, Alexandra Hills-Capalaba, spends more and more time digging, sifting and preparing fossils for all of us to enjoy. His travels take him to the heart of dinosaur country in Winton, western Queensland, and he has just returned from a second ... Read More »

Porn kills love: How pornography addictions destroyed the relationships of two Toowoomba citizens

internet pornography

PORNOGRAPHY – it has the power to sever trust and spark violence, break marriages and destroy lives. After civic leaders in Toowoomba rallied and publicly pledged to create a porn-free city, men and women have stepped forward to tell their chilling and cautionary stories of how seemingly innocent first encounters with porn have turned into relationship-wrecking addictions. At the rally ... Read More »

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