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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 in Brisbane. “Through the Clergy Support office I’ll be available ... 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 times gruelling and sometimes full of beauty and reward. There ... 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 will be held in St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, at 7pm ... Read More »

Singing from the heart: Music is Julie McCoy’s prayer of pure joy

Julie McCoy

JULIE McCoy is the kind of Christian Pope Francis would be cheering for. In his document, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), he said Christians must be people of joy and not “look like someone who has just come back from a funeral” if they’re ever going to draw others to the Gospel. Julie is definitely one of the ... Read More »

Caring for Earth is everyone’s business, eco-theologian says

Ecology

EVERYONE has a role to play in answering Pope Francis’ call to care for the Earth, says eco-theologian Fr Sean McDonagh. That was one of the messages he had for audiences during his recent speaking tour of Australia promoting action on the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home. “This (Laudato Si’) is not for elites, ... Read More »

Fr Sean McDonagh, a missionary for creation

fr-sean-mcdonagh

“ARE you not worried if there’s going to be any flowers left here?” It’s a question Fr Sean McDonagh asks people, young and old, when he takes them down to The Burren, in County Clare, Ireland, to wonder at the beauty of nature in his homeland. It’s also a question he’d love everyone to be asking themselves. Fr McDonagh, a ... Read More »

Seminary turns 75: Rector says Jesus still calling ‘disciples’ in Queensland

Monsignor John Grace

TODAY’S crop of seminarians at Queensland’s Holy Spirit Seminary is reflective of the nature of church-going Catholics – fewer in number, older in age and multicultural. It’s a comparison that struck Monsignor John Grace when he arrived from Rockhampton diocese at the start of the year to become the seminary’s 13th rector. He was also pondering such matters as he ... Read More »

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