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Pilgrimage in your backyard

THE ancient use of labyrinths came about to provide an opportunity for a local pilgrimage, when journeys to the Holy Land or other sacred sites proved too costly or dangerous for people of old. While global travel makes it much easier to visit Palestine, Lourdes in France or undertake the Camino in Spain, you can still be a pilgrim in ... Read More »

Pilgrimage: A spiritual journey

“To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art or history… To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendour and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who ... Read More »

The Ignite Conference 2014: Illuminate

THIS September Ignite Youth are once again hosting one of the largest and most dynamic Catholic youth events in the country – Ignite Conference 2014. This year’s theme “Illuminate” takes up the message of Ephesians 5:13 – “Everything that is illuminated becomes a light”. This theme highlights the truth that Christ is not only a light in the dark times ... Read More »

Youth musical extravaganza to rock Brisbane

THE dynamic sounds of Queensland’s finest youth musicians will be on show for all to appreciate at the 24th annual Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival. Hosted by Villanova College, the four-day music extravaganza will run from August 14-17, across six premier Coorparoo performance venues. “A collection of Catholic schools from across the nation will combine to celebrate musical ... Read More »

‘Being there’ for farmers in need

DOWNS & West Community Support (DWCS), a ministry of Sisters of Charity Community Care Ltd, was borne of drought but it has been in the wash-up of repeated flooding, drought, dust storms, migration of locusts and severe frosts that Sr Christine Henry’s work has truly proven heaven-sent. Her role, and that of her few volunteers, is to provide encouragement and ... Read More »

New MSC heads off on a 1400cc

NEWLY ordained Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Father Patrick Mara is embarking on a pilgrimage with a difference this month, aboard a 1400cc motorbike. The ride will be a “spiritual journey” for the priest, who is making a 4600km ride from Sydney to Darwin, where he will minister in a parish, detention centre and prison until the end of the ... Read More »

Families to witness best of Queensland at 2014 Ekka

TWO dollars an hour is all it costs to experience world-class entertainment and Queensland’s best in agriculture, food and wine at this year’s Royal Queensland Show, the Ekka. The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland has this year invested $2 million in free entertainment at the show to ensure budget-conscious families can enjoy the best-value event of its ... Read More »

Students and Josephite teachers still friends after their college’s 50 years

By Emilie Ng BANYO Nundah parish secretary Pauline O’Donnell still has a close relationship with the Sisters of St Joseph who taught her 50 years ago. Mrs O’Donnell was one of the original students from Mary MacKillop College’s official opening in 1965. The college was originally named Mount St Joseph’s College. Commencing as a Year 8 student in 1965, Mrs ... Read More »

‘Innovative’ college named after Australian saint turns 50

MARY MacKillop College, Nundah, proudly celebrates 50 years of Josephite secondary education – and the rich heritage which precedes it – on August 10. In July 1915, Archbishop James Duhig purchased the convent property and invited the Sisters of St Joseph to come from Sydney to open a school at Nundah. The Sisters arrived in January 1916 and opened a ... Read More »

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