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Author Archives: Emilie Ng

How a Catholic parish’s clever housing initiative saved a little boy’s life

Alex, Yenny and Gabriel Malaver

COLOMBIAN migrants Alex and Yenny Malaver might be the only parents in Australia who say renting a house saved their son’s life. The young parents, who are originally from Colombia but met in Brisbane through the Catholic Latin American community, are the first migrants to benefit from the Jubilee parish’s Head Start Program, which turns weekly rental payments into a ... Read More »

Chrism Mass: Archbishop Coleridge says God “will not fail” to raise men for the priesthood despite Royal Commission sorrow

Priests at the Chrism Mass

PRIESTLY vocations might be fewer in number and “chastened” by the Royal Commission’s hearings into abuse in the Catholic Church but “the gift of priesthood will remain”, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. The Archbishop reiterated the anointed call of men to the priesthood during the Chrism Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on April 6, where priests of Brisbane archdiocese renewed their ... Read More »

Love and marriage: Dating Dr Ryan Messmore

Dr Ryan Messmore

RYAN Messmore is about to find out what happens when you broadcast your love life to the world. The Catholic theologian and popular speaker living in Brisbane has written a book about his four-year courtship and marriage with his wife Karin Messmore. Dr Messmore, who was born to a devout Methodist family in Maryland, United States, as one of triplets ... Read More »

Catholics schools in Queensland will delay NAPLAN online roll out until 2018

  QUEENSLAND Catholic schools will not be required to conduct the new rollout of NAPLAN Online until 2018, the sector’s peak body confirmed today. Queensland Catholic Education Commission confirmed Catholic schools would follow the government sector and delay the rollout until next year. Around 22 Catholic schools in Queensland were scheduled to take part in the first stage roll out. ... Read More »

Rockhampton preparing for swamped Easter as floodwaters expected to rise

Rockhampton roads flooded

ROCKHAMPTON’S bishop has praised the “extraordinary” efforts of the community preparing for an Eastertide surrounded by the worst floods since 2011. Bishop Michael McCarthy said early in the week many homes had been evacuated and were expected to be isolated as floodwaters continued to rise in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie. The Rockhampton airport also closed at midday on Monday ... Read More »

Numbers of people praying outside Brisbane abortion clinic in Lent on the rise

40 Days for Life

MORE pro-life advocates are choosing to give up an hour or more a week to pray outside Australia’s largest abortion provider as their Lenten fast. For nine years Brisbane Catholic parents Brendan and Judy Wong have co-ordinated 40 Days for Life, a campaign that invites people to pray non-stop outside the Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Bowen Hills during Lent. ... Read More »

Fr Ken Howell asks for prayers as he prepares to become a bishop

THERE must be something in the Gold Coast waters with the city’s second priest – Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell – being named a bishop for Queensland. Fr Howell was named the seventh auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane yesterday (March 28), and will serve alongside Archbishop Mark Coleridge from his episcopal ordination on June 14. The 59-year-old, who has looked ... Read More »

Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell named auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane

Fr Kenneth Howell

POPE Francis has appointed Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell as an auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane. Bishop-elect Howell will serve alongside Archbishop Mark Coleridge in the Brisbane archdiocese, where he has been a priest for 34 years. Following his appointment, Bishop-elect Howell said the opportunity to serve as auxiliary Bishop of his home city was “both a joy and ... Read More »