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New seminarians at Banyo a sign of hope in dark times

VOCATIONS to the priesthood are continuing to grow in Queensland despite the “shame” revealed in the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in the past two weeks. The Brisbane archdiocese welcomes five new seminarians to Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland this year. Gerard Lai, Minje Kim, David Nightingale, Isaac Falzon and ... Read More »

New shepherd already listening to Townsville’s pastoral needs

TOWNSVILLE’S sixth bishop was sitting in his presbytery kitchen when he learnt his predecessor had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Over the kitchen table at the Clear Island Waters church presbytery in 2012, Bishop Michael Putney told the parish priest and one of his former students in the seminary ... Read More »

The transgender phenomenon: Three Catholic ethicists widen the debate

Transgender phenomenon

EVERYBODY in the Blackall parish could rely on Trish Elliott. A faithful Mass-goer, Trish was always there to make the altar flowers pretty or give a friendly pep talk to a stranger. Even one teenage boy called Trish his “honorary aunty” at her funeral in April 2002. Trish never had ... Read More »

Son nominated dad who volunteered with Vinnies for 37 years for Order of Australia Medal

Australia Honours medal recipient

THERE’S a strong bond between new Order of Australia Medal recipient Paul Finch and his son Michael. Mr Finch, 76, received the award on Australia Day for his outstanding volunteer work for the St Vincent de Paul Society over more than 37 years. It came as an overwhelming surprise to ... Read More »

Renowned musician and scholar picks up baton at St Stephen’s Cathedral

Andrew Cichy

BRISBANE’S newest cathedral music director decided in his teens to take up playing an instrument that was at odds with his name. Dr Andrew Cichy, whose surname is Polish for “quiet”, picked the organ as his muse when he was just 15 and a student at Trinity College, East Perth. ... Read More »

Muslim community donates $3000 to Vinnies Jimboomba

Vinnies Jimboomba receives donation

MUSLIM leaders based in Jimboomba have donated $3000 to a Catholic charity to support the poor and needy. St Vincent de Paul Society Jimboomba conference president Peter Flynn received a cheque for $3000 from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Jimboomba on Australia Day. Mr Flynn said the donation from the Muslim ... Read More »

Queensland MPs say if they will oppose proposed abortion Bills or not

Abortion bills

Political decision: Queensland MPs responded to two questions about the proposed abortion Bills. LIBERAL National Party members are likely to vote against changes to Queensland’s abortion laws when Parliament resumes this week, with one calling the proposed Bills a “liberalisation” of current law. The Catholic Leader asked all 89 Queensland ... Read More »

The heavenly prize Helen Mahoney finds in India

Helen Mahoney

HE prayed he wouldn’t get Daisy. Inside Mithra, a rehabilitation centre for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities from India’s poorest quarters, a line of young Catholic schoolboys await the names of who they are to feed that day. The boys, 15 years old, are on an immersion ... Read More »

Friends and family of ‘God’s donkey’ start charity to support India’s mentally and physically disabled

Sr Mary Theodore

RELATIVES of a Brisbane-born nun who spent her final years in Chennai caring for children and adults with disabilities have launched a new charity to support the Indian mission. Friends of Mithra is an Australian-registered charity set up to fund the works established by Sr Mary Theodore, a Brisbane-born Lebanese religious ... Read More »

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