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Category Archives: Around the Archdiocese

Ensuring a safe future

Safe future

THE Archdiocese of Brisbane will ask independent auditors to assess its policies around safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in an historic move to stay at the forefront of best practice. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge revealed the new measure ahead of Child Protection Sunday on September 13. The independent audit is among a series of steps announced in the archdiocese’s first ... Read More »

Middle East children full of hope

St Josephs primary school Year 5 students

PRIMARY school student Ben Langton has two dreams for his future – to play for the Queensland Reds, and to see the end of war in Iraq. The Year 5 student from St Joseph’s primary school, Bracken Ridge, is one of hundreds inspired to dream big after seeing drawings done by children forced to leave their homes in war-torn Iraq. ... Read More »

Caring for creation

ST Patrick’s Primary School, Nanango took up Pope Francis’ challenge by engaging in the first annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1. Pope Francis along with Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission is encouraging Catholics to mark the Season of Creation – from September 1 to October 4 – with prayer and action. ... Read More »

Nowhere to go

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Catholic Henriette Ibraham watches TV coverage of tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing into Europe and prays for her relatives trapped in her homeland “surrounded by ISIS”. Mrs Ibraham, a member of the Greenslopes Maronite parish, has lived in Australia for 38 years, but has all her cousins and “lots of relatives” still in Syria. “They ... Read More »

The gift of education

By Michael Crutcher CATHOLIC school scholarships aren’t just a gift – they’re the start of a cycle that results in students giving back to society, one high school principal says. St Mary’s College, Maryborough principal Graham Meertens has seen the journey go full circle: the excited student awake and dressed for school before dawn becomes the employee guiding people in ... Read More »

Desert flight opens faith mystery

Jesuit Father Brian McCoy

A BREATH-taking flight across the desert wilderness west of Alice Springs opened Jesuit Father Brian McCoy’s imagination to a life-changing journey of mystery with the Aboriginal people of Australia. Fr McCoy, now the Australian Jesuits’ provincial superior, was on his way to a mission in 1973, when he first left Melbourne. Former Bishop of Broome Bishop John Jobst was his ... Read More »

CPPC ‘doing God’s work’

Jubilee group

JESUS Christ’s call for his followers “to take care of the sick and look after the hungry” led Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Sister Mary Xavier to Brisbane’s Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care.Sr Mary Xavier was among pastoral carers recently given special honour by CPPC.The ministry, which operates under the Centacare umbrella, held a Mass at St Patrick’s Church, Fortitude Valley, on ... Read More »

Brisbane shows face of Australian Church is changing

Cultures unite in cathedral

By Peter Bugden “THE face of the Bride of Christ – the Church – is changing around the world, and by the day”, and Brisbane archdiocese is experiencing it, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Archbishop Coleridge, speaking at the archdiocese’s annual Multicultural Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday, said the change was happening as “we stand at a moment in ... Read More »

Faith on fire


Brisbane group supporting Holy Spirit’s renewal RELEASING the Holy Spirit into Brisbane is on the archdiocese’s sanctioned charismatic renewal organisation’s agenda for the next three years. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Brisbane recently elected its new archdiocesan service committee to look after its 35 prayer groups. The organisation offers support and formation for prayer groups in parishes between Hervey Bay and ... Read More »