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Inaugural Putney fellowship launches to address alarming rates of youth suicide in North Queensland

Putney fellowship

TOWNSVILLE leaders have come together to officially launch the Bishop Michael Putney Fellowship. In 2014, the Tropical Brain and Mind Foundation was formed and launched locally in response to the growing statistics of mental health, mental illness and suicide rates in North Queensland. The foundation aimed to raise funds to engage research into this area, in particular some of the ... Read More »

Cowboys’ star Matthew Scott is helping to tackle Townsville’s growing gambling crisis

Matthew Scott

RUGBY league star Matthew Scott has joined forces with social services organisation Centacare North Queensland to tackle the region’s gambling crisis. Working in the community as its official Gambling Help ambassador, Mr Scott was out and about in Townsville and Mount Isa to raise awareness of responsible gambling as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week held nationally from July 24-30. ... Read More »

Josephites return to Blackall for centenary celebrations

Josephites celebrate centenary

MEMBERS of the St Joseph’s Primary School community in Blackall celebrated the school’s 100th anniversary with a host of events on July 21-22. The Sisters of St Joseph started the school in 1917 when Blackall was still part of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. It became part of Rockhampton diocese in 1930. “The charism of the Josephites is very much a ... Read More »

St Benedict’s celebrates tenth anniversary on patron’s feast

Decade of Feast

ST Benedict’s School, Mango Hill, had much to celebrate on its official feast day with a birthday party, a farewell and a welcome. The primary school opened its doors in 2008 to 108 students. Under the watchful eye of foundation principal Mark Creevey, it has grown in the past 10 years to about 650 students and 67 staff members. Mr ... Read More »

Thousands say farewell to Rockhampton priest Fr Chris Schick

Farewell Father

ROCKHAMPTON priest Fr Chris Schick died, surrounded by his family at Yeppoon, on July 30 after a short battle with cancer. He was 59 years old. More than 1000 mourners gathered at his funeral at St Joseph’s Cathedral at Rockhampton on August 3 to pray and thank Fr Schick for his gifts to his communities. The crowd was so large ... Read More »

Casino students’ rocket up their with the nation’s best

Casino rocket

A ROCKET built by a group of students at St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino, has lifted the school to national success. The college is the national champion after winning the Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge at the finals held near Jimboomba, in south-east Queensland, on July 22. Principal Aaron Beach said St Mary’s beat 16 other finalists including previous winners Anglican ... Read More »

Agencies in Toowoomba help warm refugees this winter

coat rack campaign

CATHOLIC agencies and ministries in Toowoomba have joined a campaign to help migrants and refugees in the area keep warm during winter. Catholic Care Social Services, Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Support and Mercy Community Services partnered with Multicultural Development Australia (MDA Ltd) Toowoomba for the “Toowoomba Coat Rack” campaign. Winter can be a tough season for many people who are ... Read More »

BCE staff have a day sharpening up on new technology

Digital Skills Program

REPRESENTATIVES from 40 schools attended Brisbane Catholic Education’s inaugural digital training program at the Brisbane Exhibition and Conference Centre recently. Earlier in the year, BCE released a major upgrade to its school portals with the integration of Microsoft’s Office 365 suite. As a result, schools highlighted the need for additional professional learning around the use of these products, as well as the ... Read More »

Sr Carmel Arnold’s 21 years of service in Bowen comes to an end

Sr Carmel Arnold Returns to Townsville

AFTER more than 21 years of service to the Bowen community, Sister Carmel Arnold has been called back to Townsville. The last of the town’s Sisters of Mercy, Sr Arnold’s departure will bring to an end the 145-year presence of Sisters in the Bowen community. A Mass of Thanksgiving and farewell was celebrated by Bishop Tim Harris two weeks ago ... Read More »

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