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Archbishop Coleridge elected president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge will take inspiration from Pope Francis as he prepares to lead Australia’s Bishops through the humiliation of the sexual abuse crisis and the upcoming historic plenary council. Archbishop Coleridge was today elected president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the permanent collegial assembly of the Bishops of Australia. “With few illusions about myself or the task ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop promises to continue and strengthen Church links with Papua New Guinea

Bishop Tim Harris in PNG

BISHOP Tim Harris has pledged to continue to deepen Townsville diocese’s relationship with Port Moresby archdiocese following a recent visit to the Papua New Guinea capital. In 2012, the late Bishop Michael Putney and the Archbishop of Port Moresby signed a significant and unique sister diocese agreement. The agreement allowed for the co-operation between the two dioceses in areas like ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast community to hold march, candlelight vigil for domestic and family violence survivors

Candlelight vigil

SUNSHINE Coast residents will light up Mooloolaba Beach to send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in the community. Sunshine Coast Council is organising a march from Alexandra Headland today, followed by a candle lighting ceremony at Mooloolaba Beach to remember victims and survivors of domestic and family violence. The event marks national domestic ... Read More »

Mercies and supporters celebrate historic transfer of ministry ‘close to the hearts’ of Queensland Sisters

Mercy transfer

A JOURNEY that began with the arrival of Queensland’s first Sisters of Mercy in 1861 took another historic turn recently. During a special ritual, the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy transferred canonical responsibility for Mercy Community Ltd to Mercy Partners. Mercy Community Ltd has been a ministry of the congregation for many years and incorporates aged care, family ... Read More »

Former Rockhampton Catholic school student called to bench

Graeme Crow

A PAST student of Rockhampton’s Emmaus College was recently appointed Central Queensland’s first born and bred Supreme Court Justice replacing outgoing Central Judge, Justice Duncan McMeekin. Justice McMeekin welcomed Graeme Crow as his successor at the Rockhampton Court House, witnessed by members of the Crown, the Bar and the Central Queensland Law Association. Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy also attended with ... Read More »

Papal honour for ‘Father D’ as Port Macquarie parish says farewell

Fr D receives papal honour

GRATITUDE and good-wishes flowed for retiring parish priest Fr Leo Donnelly, who was presented a major Papal Award by Lismore Bishop Greg Homeming at a Mass held at St Agnes’ Parish on March 23. The same Mass installed the new parish priest, Fr Paul Gooley. The Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (the Cross for the Church and Pontiff) was established ... Read More »

Caloundra Catholic primary school soars in NAPLAN tests

Caloundra NAPLAN

OUR Lady of the Rosary Primary School at Caloundra has been named one of Australia’s top performers in the 2017 NAPLAN literacy and numeracy tests. The release of NAPLAN 2017 data from the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) identified those individual schools across Australia that demonstrated substantially above-average improvement as students progressed from Year 3 to Year 5 ... Read More »

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