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Indooroopilly priest ready to live among the poor in Flores, Indonesia

Fr Neville Yun

PARISH priest Fr Neville Yun is preparing to live with just the clothes on his back when he heads on a mission trip to Indonesia this year. The parish priest at Holy Family Indooroopilly will spend two weeks with the Missionaries of the Poor, a religious order that take an ... Read More »

Bundaberg mum hopeful and positive after undergoing stem cell treatment to cure MS

Fiona Ward

MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer Fiona Ward has “no regrets” about undergoing an overseas treatment for her disease last March that is not recognised in Australia. The former police officer returned to her Bundaberg home seven months ago following an adult stem-cell treatment for multiple sclerosis in Mexico. The treatment, known as ... Read More »

Gold Coast parish aims to end the cycle of homelessness in the heart of the holiday strip

Fr Tim Harris

HOMELESS people sleeping at a Gold Coast church will be among the first to receive support from a new safe space for people on the streets. Members of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Surfers Paradise conference have offered to pool together donations from the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout and ... Read More »

Gold Coast Catholic couple help reopen school for East Timorese children

Timorese kids

CHILDREN in East Timor can head back to their school after it was reopened last week thanks to the tireless efforts of a Gold Coast couple. A team from Brisbane’s Catholic Mission visited the town of Ossu to witness the reopening of the war-ravaged, 450-student St Teresinha College – stage ... Read More »

The Brisbane Archbishop you may have never heard about

LITTLE is known about Brisbane’s first archbishop except that he took such a title. In fact, much of Australian Catholic history refers to Archbishop Robert Dunne only in footnotes and references despite more than 50 years of service to the Church in the Great Southland. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, in ... Read More »

St Stephen’s Cathedral is wrapped up in art

Cathedral art

LOCAL artists have turned a busy construction site around St Stephen’s Cathedral into a mural on the Catholic social teaching theme of solidarity. Along the left side of the cathedral, local artists helped paint a mural of Brisbane residents welcoming the pregnant Blessed Virgin Mary and her faithful husband in ... Read More »

Violence is driving more people out on the streets

homeless

AN increasing number of people who are homeless and seeing support services are doing so to flee family and domestic violence, a Federal Government agency says. A report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows 279,000 people sought homelessness services in 2015-16, with two in five people seeking ... Read More »

Parishioners brought retiring priest Fr Frank Lourigan to life

Fr Frank Lourigan

RETIRING priest Fr Frank Lourigan has many accomplishments under his belt, but serving the people of God for 48 years is his proudest achievement. Quoting from a 1907 song by Billy Murray, Fr Lourigan said the people in parishes and communities completed his priestly ministry. “As the old song says, ... Read More »

Sunnybank church expansion complete for Christmas Masses

Outside Our Lady of Lourdes Church

SUNNYBANK’S parish priest is “worn out” after organising a $2.3 million Christmas gift for his parishioners. Fr Dan Ryan, who is parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Sunnybank, gave his congregation a brand new church in time for Christmas Masses this weekend. Six months ago the Sunnybank church, ... Read More »

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