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New canon law book launched

By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIAN and African “cross borders” in Brisbane archdiocesan priest Fr Anthony Ekpo’s new book, “The breath of the Spirit in the Church: The Sensus Fidelium and Canon Law”. The book is Fr Ekpo’s doctoral thesis from the Australian Catholic University. At the launch of his book on July 10, Fr Ekpo said a theologian’s story “is one of ... Read More »

Friars create burst of new energy

By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIA’S Capuchin friars led 80 young Catholics in the first national Capuchin Franciscan youth festival held in New South Wales late last month. Guided by the theme “Rebuild My Church”, the words St Francis heard God say to him in prayer, the festival brought young people across Australia to a deeper understanding of Franciscan spirituality. International Capuchin speakers ... Read More »

Brisbane boy returns for new parish challenge

By Emilie Ng CAPUCHIN Father Lam Vu left Brisbane to join the seminary 15 years ago but this week returned to take up the position as the new parish priest of St Mary’s South Brisbane and administrator of Dutton Park-West End. Fr Vu started his role last Wednesday, July 7. “This is my first time serving in Brisbane as a ... Read More »

Archbishop says councillors are to be missionaries, not ‘mere administrators’

Pastoral commissioning: Pastoral council chairpersons gathered around the sanctuary to make an act of service at the Commissioning Mass on Sunday, July 6.

By Emilie Ng  PARISH pastoral councils are more necessary than ever in the life of the Church but for more than mere administration, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said to council representatives from more than 60 parishes and 13 deaneries last weekend. Archbishop Coleridge presided at the councils’ annual Commissioning Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 6. The Mass commissions ... Read More »

New tour operator for Australian pilgrims headed to WYD

TOUR company Cosmos will be the official pilgrimage operators for the 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. The Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Youth Bishop Anthony Fisher announced Cosmos as the co-ordinator for travel arrangements to Krakow late last month. Cosmos was selected after a six-month selection process, beating last year’s WYD operators Harvest Pilgrimages. Cosmos is a member ... Read More »

Struggle in men conquered by new book

By Emilie Ng MEN are struggling to find their place in the world and be faithful to their Catholic faith, an American author of a new book for Catholic men said. Randy Hain is the author of Journey to Heaven: A road map for Catholic men, and co-founder of Catholic eMagazine and website Integrated Catholic Life, a book that addresses ... Read More »

50 years of priestly life never dull

By Emilie Ng LIFE would have been radically different if Fr Leo Burke had chosen to be either an architect or an electrical engineer 50 years ago. The Victoria Point parish priest chose the priesthood over a professional career after meeting a number of “elderly priests” who were returning to his school at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. “It was Fr ... Read More »

Help the poor at breakfast with Betty

By Emilie Ng BEENLEIGH parishioner Betty Graver has high hopes for her next mission trip to India where she plans to put smiles on 65 child orphans’ faces. Ms Graver is planning next year to visit the Blessed Mother Teresa Home for orphans aged three to 14 in Adilabad, India. The home is run by the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed ... Read More »

Teen musician not ashamed of her faith

By Emilie Ng YOUNG Brisbane country gospel musician Bridget O’Shannessy’s wants to encourage young people to be bold in expressing their faith to the world. The 14-year-old singer and songwriter said she mainly writes her songs for young people struggling to be true to their faith. “A lot of teenagers are embarrassed or afraid about expressing their faith,” Bridget said. ... Read More »

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