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Psychiatrist says laws to remove confessional seal are ‘a distraction’

Confession line

A LEADING psychiatrist has described efforts to remove the confessional seal as a “distraction” as governments continue to respond to the final report of the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. Associate Professor Carolyn Quadrio, who was an expert witness at the Royal Commission, said she agreed with clergy views that confessions of sexual abuse were extremely ... Read More »

Teacher’s therapy dog offering a helping paw in Townsville schools

Townsville therapy dog

MARLOW, a seven-year-old golden retriever, has had quite the tale to tell since she was welcomed as one of Townsville’s first school-based therapy dogs at Good Shepherd Catholic School, Rasmussen. School guidance counsellor Christine York and school principal Glenda Scrase submitted a proposal for a therapy-dog pilot program with Townsville Catholic Education in March. With TCE’s support, Ms York and ... Read More »

Memories flood back at St Ursula’s College centenary

St Ursula's College centenary

ONE hundred years old and still bursting with spirit, the community of St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, finished its centenary weekend with the performance of a new college song on May 6. Australian composer Alice Chance conducted the 100 Voice Choir, made up of past and present students and staff, for the centenary event crowds at the college’s Ballygriffin Cultural Centre. ... Read More »

Site of new Coomera Catholic school blessed

Coomera school site blessed

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has blessed the site for Brisbane Catholic Education’s newest school on the Gold Coast – St Joseph’s College, Coomera. Adding to the extraordinary story of Catholic education in Australia, Archbishop Coleridge joined BCE executive director Pam Betts, foundation principal Paul Begg and guests for the blessing and symbolic sod-turning ceremony. During the ceremony, Archbishop Coleridge told ... Read More »

Passionist Fathers’ failed outreach to Queensland Aboriginal people actually deemed a success 175 years on

Stradbroke Island

IT was the first attempt to evangelise the Aboriginal people of Queensland, and it failed. Archbishop John Bede Polding, the first Bishop of Australia, approached the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ, better known as the Passionists, to preach the Gospel to the Aboriginal people of Queensland. Archbishop Polding believed the Catholic Church had for too long neglected the ... Read More »

100 years of stories, stations and stone at St Joseph’s, Gunnedah

St Joseph's church, Gunnedah

WHEN Gunnedah’s young men and women were leaving the battlefields of Europe in 1918, they came home to a newly appointed parish priest, a gentle Irishman named Fr Daniel Keane (pictured), working on the construction of a new church, St Joseph’s. Current parish priest Fr John McHugh said the church’s construction began in the final months of the First World ... Read More »

Toowoomba lay women make life-changing trip to the Philippines

Philippines women

WOMEN from Toowoomba diocese have made a life-changing trip to the Philippines to make the lives of people better. Catherine McAleer; Helen Gillam, from St Mary’s School, Warwick; and Amy Davis, from St Patrick’s School, Mitchell, made the trip with the purpose of helping to set up a small school library for the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred ... Read More »

Jasmine’s shooting for big success as hoop dreams become reality

Jasmine Manning

JASMINE Manning has a great passion for basketball, shooting hoops whenever she gets a chance. Her hunger has paid off, with the Year 10 student at St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch Valley, picked to represent the state. “I’ve been selected to play for the women’s national league wheelchair basketball team, the Queensland Comets,” Jasmine said. She said she was excited ... Read More »

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