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Memory Café offers flexibility, respite for carers in Brisbane

BRISBANE’S first Memory Café runs to support people with dementia and those who care for them. “It’s a relaxing opportunity to share stories and hear solutions from other people, whilst enjoying refreshments,” Centacare’s Caroline Grogan, who co-ordinates a program for carers, said. Ms Grogan said something as simple as a ... Read More »

‘Meddling priest’ to CEO: Fr Frank Brennan seeking dignity for the poorest and marginalised

“THE meddling priest” is a description that still sits well with Jesuit priest, law professor and Queenslander Fr Frank Brennan. In his first week as chief executive officer of Catholic Social Services Australia, Fr Brennan said he had a clear plan for change. “We are living in a society where ... Read More »

New seminarians at Banyo a sign of hope in dark times

VOCATIONS to the priesthood are continuing to grow in Queensland despite the “shame” revealed in the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in the past two weeks. The Brisbane archdiocese welcomes five new seminarians to Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland this year. Gerard Lai, Minje Kim, David Nightingale, Isaac Falzon and ... Read More »

Thousands take to Brisbane streets to oppose abortion bills

THOUSANDS of pro-life marchers in Brisbane have piled the pressure on Queensland politicians to oppose a private member’s bill aimed at decriminalising abortion. The people-power, pro-life message at the March for Life was clear – politicians and community leaders marched behind banners proclaiming “people deserve better than abortion”, mothers held ... Read More »

New shepherd already listening to Townsville’s pastoral needs

TOWNSVILLE’S sixth bishop was sitting in his presbytery kitchen when he learnt his predecessor had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Over the kitchen table at the Clear Island Waters church presbytery in 2012, Bishop Michael Putney told the parish priest and one of his former students in the seminary ... Read More »

Renowned musician and scholar picks up baton at St Stephen’s Cathedral

Andrew Cichy

BRISBANE’S newest cathedral music director decided in his teens to take up playing an instrument that was at odds with his name. Dr Andrew Cichy, whose surname is Polish for “quiet”, picked the organ as his muse when he was just 15 and a student at Trinity College, East Perth. ... Read More »

Muslim community donates $3000 to Vinnies Jimboomba

Vinnies Jimboomba receives donation

MUSLIM leaders based in Jimboomba have donated $3000 to a Catholic charity to support the poor and needy. St Vincent de Paul Society Jimboomba conference president Peter Flynn received a cheque for $3000 from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Jimboomba on Australia Day. Mr Flynn said the donation from the Muslim ... Read More »

Townsville Diocese thrilled with new shepherd

  AFTER nearly three years of waiting, the announcement of a new bishop has been warmly greeted across the vast Townsville Diocese. “We’re getting text messages and emails of excitement from all over the diocese,” Diocesan chancellor Len Horner, who over the last 35 years, has worked alongside Townsville’s past ... Read More »

Doctor says it’s time to take a stand on the rights of unborn children

Dr David van Gend

QUEENSLAND pro-life doctor David van Gend said a looming parliamentary vote to legalise abortion represented a crisis moment for society. State MPs will start debating two abortion Bills soon after parliament resumes on February 14, before taking a vote. “Every generation has it’s life-and-death issue,” Dr van Gend, the Toowoomba-based ... Read More »

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