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Mentally ill need Mass, prayer, says chaplain

PEOPLE with mental illness need spiritual care more than a handout, Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care chaplain Fr Jim Smith says. Fr Smith has been the chaplain for CPPC, a ministry dedicated to the mentally ill including people with schizophrenia, since 1987. In those 29 years, Fr Smith has come to ... Read More »

Sea of Catholics follow Christ for Corpus Christi feast

CATHOLICS showed a remarkable public expression of faith in a 400m-long Brisbane-city procession to mark one of the greatest feasts of the Catholic Church last weekend. Up to 2000 Catholics processed through Brisbane city from St Stephen’s Cathedral behind the Blessed Sacrament for the Feast of Corpus Christi. The feast, ... Read More »

Remembering Roberta, the teacher who loved pink

McShane family

EVERYTHING Roberta McShane owned was hot pink, even her car. On April 4 last year, the Catholic school teacher asked her mum, Dot McShane, to bring the car to the hospital for one last spin around the block. “That was the first time she said to me, ‘It’s time for ... Read More »

Jordan’s cuppa with ‘Cossie’

Homeless with Cossie

JORDAN Briggs thought the highlight of his Saturday night would be swigging down a hot coffee outside St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane. Mr Briggs, a New Zealand native, has been “on and off homeless” for the past five years. He has no income and a dried-up savings account, but offers ... Read More »

Living with dementia: New Southport facility makes residences feel at home

Dementia

SPONSORED BY ST VINCENT’S CARE SERVICES WITH almost one in 10 Australians living with dementia and the number expected to rise as our ageing population grows, St Vincent’s Care Services is working hard to ensure its services cater for this important and growing group. The aged-care and retirement-living provider is due to ... Read More »

Former Capuchin friar charged

POLICE have appealed to any victims of child abuse to come forward following a court appearance of a former Capuchin friar named at the child abuse royal commission. Former priest Anthony Francis “Damian” Colbourne, an ex-member of the Capuchin Friars, faced Wynnum Magistrates Court on May 23 — across the road from ... Read More »

Toowoomba muso Josh Arnold strikes a chord with Catholic schools

Josh Arnold

JOSH Arnold grew up on the Darling Downs learning about farming and music and attending a small Catholic school in Tara. It was fertile ground for a singer-songwriter inspired by the wide open spaces and endless skies, and who has just released a song titled Catholic Schools in Queensland. The song is ... Read More »

Broncos pay visit to generous giver in surprise party

Broncos make surprise visit

PAYING off groceries, coffee and petrol for strangers has earned a law firm secretary a free pop-up party with the Brisbane Broncos. Rebecca Buzacott has been anonymously buying items for strangers with Kindness Cards, an initiative of Australian online community Wake Up Project. “It’s just a case of walking into ... Read More »

Glaswegian doctor behind bionic heart inspires Catholic professionals

Dr John Fraser

BRISBANE-based Professor John Fraser has published more than 200 academic papers and his medical research includes multi-million dollar projects including the development of a ground-breaking bionic heart. Some of his research ideas and collaborations across Asia and North America are pushing the boundaries of medical science with the promise of saving countless lives. ... Read More »

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