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‘Every day there is news of people dying’: Brisbane South Sudanese community feeling pain of the famine crisis from afar

South Sudanese famine

FOR Fr Stephen Kumyangi and his Brisbane community the war and famine crisis engulfing South Sudan is deeply personal – they have mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews stuck in the middle of it. Fr Kumyangi, who is chaplain to Brisbane’s St Bakhita Sudanese Community and associate pastor at ... Read More »

‘The people, religious and priests of Lismore will show me my job’, new bishop says

AUSTRALIA’S newest bishop Gregory Homeming has stepped into the role in Lismore diocese concerned not so much with power, but ready for grace in weakness. Addressing the crowd at the end of his ordination and installation as Bishop of Lismore on February 22, Bishop Homeming, a Carmelite friar, said “at ... Read More »

Couple who fled Iraq and found home in Brisbane reaching out to refugee families

ALMOST 20 years ago Kareem Patros’ faith could have cost him his life had he not escaped the brutal force of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Today, he and his wife Bushra could not be happier as they spend much of their time helping and encouraging others who’ve taken a similar ... Read More »

Country spirit rises from ashes of NSW fires

MICHAEL Quade knows well how people in small country towns stick together in tough times, and he’s being reminded again as his school community rallies to support a young family whose house was destroyed by recent bushfires. Mr Quade is acting principal at Sacred Heart Primary School in Coolah, one ... Read More »

Frank Hennessy just keeps on ‘giving back’, even in retirement

WHENEVER Frank Hennessy lets people know about his jail time they can’t hide their shock. It’s totally at odds with the Frank they know – contented retiree, former Catholic primary school principal and a leader in his profession. “It’s interesting. From time to time you’re out with a group of ... Read More »

Camp Hill parish priest retiring but still wants to minister to the people

Fr Peter Casey

FR Peter Casey, a priest for 47 years, is retiring as a parish priest but he’s not about to put his feet up. Any mention of the word “retirement” is met with friendly correction. “No – not retirement – lesser duties,” he said from his parish office at Camp Hill ... Read More »

Hooked on the Camino: The man who is planning his fourth (and fifth) pilgrimage

Eduardo and Merinda

WE all may know a couple starting 2017 with their minds on planning a wedding; what are the chances of them heading off on a five-week walk straight after their big day? That’s what young Brisbane man Eduardo Cruz and his wife Merinda did – 35 days walking across Spain. ... Read More »

Step by step: Meet Eduardo Cruz, a young Brisbane lawyer addicted to the Camino

Eduardo Cruz

YOUNG Brisbane Catholic Eduardo Cruz can’t get enough of trekking across Spain – it’s a spiritual thing. Since 2013, he’s walked about 1250km and cycled about 470km on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a pilgrimage following the way of the apostle St James through Spain. It’s been challenging, at ... Read More »

Lismore’s faithful are united in prayer for the ordination of their new bishop next month

Bishop-elect Geoffrey Homeming

LISMORE diocese is united in prayer for its new bishop Carmelite Father Gregory Homeming in the lead-up to his episcopal ordination on February 22. Pope Francis appointed Fr Homeming as the sixth Bishop of Lismore and accepted the resignation of Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett on December 20. Fr Homeming’s episcopal ordination ... Read More »

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