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Leaders of world’s three personal ordinariates to meet in Australia for the first time

Three Ordinariate leaders

THE leaders of the only three communities established for former Anglicans who sought communion with the Catholic Church will meet for the first time in Australia next month. Monsignor Keith Newton, of the Ordinariate in the United Kingdom, Bishop Steven Lopes, of the Ordinariate in the United States, and Australia’s own Ordinary Monsignor Harry Entwistle will meet in Brisbane at ... Read More »

Roby Curtis not turning a blind eye to homeless

Roby Curtis blind eye

FOR many of the homeless who drop in to Brisbane’s inner city Blind Eye Centre this is their only sanctuary. The most vulnerable sleep under bridges, huddle in doorways or hide behind building air vents as they wait out the hours of darkness and bitter cold. “It is street survival mode for a lot of these people,” Blind Eye Centre ... Read More »

Sydney ethicist says same-sex marriage campaign ignores a child’s right to a mother and father

children's rights ignored

LEADING Catholic bioethicist Margaret Somerville is familiar with the jibes and attacks that accompany a national debate about same-sex marriage. About 15 years ago, the now Sydney-based Notre Dame University professor of bioethics lived through heated ideological battles as Canada edged towards same-sex marriage laws. Canada progressively introduced legislation in several provinces by court decisions beginning in 2003 before legally ... Read More »

Brisbane couple delighted to serve Catholic Church as a family

Growing nest

STEVEN Bird stands out in more ways than one. His signature fiery locks, strapping physique and broad smile are known to all in Sunnybank parish where he and wife Eloise married and now serve, together, as youth ministers. The 30-year-old has held the role since 2006 and also is well placed in his sixth year as campus minister at St ... Read More »

Workplace exploitation leaving Latin American students without food, security

LATIN American students living in Brisbane can’t afford to buy food because Australian employers are underpaying them. This is just one of the concerns raised by a group of international students from Brisbane’s Latin American Catholic community, who meet weekly at Ashgrove. Sergio Duran, a Catholic from Colombia who moved to Brisbane four years ago, said he had been exploited ... Read More »

Logan Catholic school’s hub builds community for isolated mothers and refugees

St Francis College Crestmead community hub

HOLLYE Erskine could have been one of those mums who lost contact with the outside world after giving birth, but a project at her local Catholic school provided a different option. The mother-of-three is a regular visitor to the Community Hub at St Francis College, Crestmead – a project that helps local families combat isolation. The hub is part of ... Read More »

St Benedict’s celebrates tenth anniversary on patron’s feast

Decade of Feast

ST Benedict’s School, Mango Hill, had much to celebrate on its official feast day with a birthday party, a farewell and a welcome. The primary school opened its doors in 2008 to 108 students. Under the watchful eye of foundation principal Mark Creevey, it has grown in the past 10 years to about 650 students and 67 staff members. Mr ... Read More »

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