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Lourdes Hill staff mark on international pilgrimages for 100th anniversary celebrations

HUNDREDS of secondary school staff have spread around the globe to mark the centenary of one of the first Good Samaritan high schools in Brisbane. More than 150 staff members from Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne, embarked on international, national and local pilgrimages to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the school community. Lourdes Hill College, named after the famous site of ... Read More »

Young Catholics party in the name of Jesus

Rave Party

FORGET the drugs and alcohol – there’s a rave party culture that’s opting for good, clean fun without the regrets. A former lay missionary from the Philippines Fredney Gales is helping to foster a culture of young people who can confidently reject the allure of a drug-imbued night out. After working as a lay missionary for seven years, Mr Gales ... Read More »

Brisbane woman “pain-free” after 21 years of suffering

MARIE Kann was on painkillers for 21 years to quell a whiplash injury, but claims her time at a Charismatic conference two weeks ago has left her pain-free. Ms Kann, 71, suffered a whiplash injury in 1995 and had been taking daily medication to ease the pain. Six months ago the Brisbane Catholic from St Mary Magdalene Church, Bardon, also ... Read More »

Discerning, three ways: How Australians are responding to religious vocations

WHEN Hayden Kennedy turned 21, he dialled the number of a priest living in Sydney. Fr Bob Barber, provincial of the Marist Fathers’ Australian province, answered the call. Three years before his 21st birthday, Hayden had knocked on the door of the Marist Fathers with a feeling he couldn’t shake. He wanted to be a priest, and more specifically, a Marist ... Read More »

Street Swags founder Jean Madden leaves charity and is facing legal dispute

Jean Madden

THE chief executive officer of the Brisbane-based charity Street Swags is embroiled in legal action with the board of the organisation she founded. Jean Madden, Queensland 2010 Young Australian of the Year, founded Street Swags in 2005 and since then has provided tens of thousands of waterproof sleeping bags to homeless people across the country. Legal documents tendered to the ... Read More »

Clear Island Waters Church dedicated on pearl milestone

Clear Island Waters

GENEROUS Gold Coast Catholics contributed to the new altar and chapel inside Sacred Heart Church in Clear Island Waters, which was formally dedicated earlier this month. The church belongs to the same parish at Surfers Paradise where Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo grew up and received his primary education. The bishop-elect returned to his childhood parish when it celebrated the dedication of Sacred ... Read More »

Returning to the East? Brisbane faithful join in the debate

BRISBANE Catholics including a consultant to the Australian National Liturgical Council have responded to suggestions from the Church’s liturgy chief on returning to a “common orientation” of the Mass. Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Cardinal Robert Sarah made an appeal for all Catholic priests to return “as soon as possible to a common orientation” ... Read More »

Krakow 2016: Brisbane Archbishop asks WYD pilgrims to ‘cross the road’ like the Good Samaritan

WYD pilgrims

YOUNG people making a pilgrimage to Krakow this month are a “summons” to the entire Church to ditch the “bad systems” which encourage a merciless heart, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Commissioning more 70 pilgrims at a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 10, Archbishop Coleridge said the parable of the Good Samaritan, which was the weekend’s Gospel reading, exemplified ... Read More »