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Seminarian friends ‘fair dinkum’ about serving the Church as priests

Fr Thomas Zaranski, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, and Fr Damien Everitt

TRUE friends share everything – even the emotional day they become priests. Fr Thomas Zaranski, 32, and Fr Damien Everitt, 43, first met in 2015 as trainee priests for Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland. They took their friendship to the next level when Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained both men priests on June 29, the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, ... Read More »

11-year-old Catholic school student behind charity for the homeless

Ashton Brown

ASHTON Brown is below the legal age for voting, driving and working, but being 11 hasn’t stopped him from starting his own charity to help the homeless. The Year 6 student from St Francis Xavier Primary School, Goodna, is the founder of Homeless Helpers, a soon-to-be registered charity that was born from watching YouTube videos of people sleeping rough. “Every ... Read More »

Bishop Ken Howell hits the road

Bishop Ken Howell

BISHOP Ken Howell has been on the road, literally, travelling the length and breadth of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. “It’s Confirmation season – eight Confirmation ceremonies in five days,” Bishop Ken said, as he criss-crossed the archdiocese’s North Country deanery, taking in visits to Gympie, Maroochydore, Gayndah, Murgon and Nanango. “So I’m out and about. I love driving in the ... Read More »

New service in Kingaroy provides better care for dementia patients in rural towns

dementia cafe

A NEW memory café in south-east Queensland’s rural heartland, Kingaroy, aims to support people with dementia and those who care for them. Social isolation and a lack of services are the biggest barriers caring for rural people with dementia, according to a health care specialist. “Let’s be frank, there aren’t the services in rural areas, and there’s a stigma attached ... Read More »

Mikayla-Haze Adams-Houston: ‘I can be a spokeswoman for all my people’

Mikayla-Haze Adams-Houston

ABORIGINAL woman Mikayla-Haze Adams-Houston has put her North Stradbroke Island people on the map after being named a finalist for the Queensland Training Awards. The Year 11 student from Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne, is a finalist for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year in the Queensland Training Awards’ metropolitan region. Miss Adams-Houston was nominated after completing ... Read More »

Medical expert says abortion is terrible for women’s health

Dr Cath Lennon

A PROMINENT pro-life doctor has warned there will be more sex-selection abortions and women would suffer serious physical and psychological harm if Queensland parliamentarians push ahead to decriminalise abortion modelled on Victoria’s legislation that allows terminations up to birth. “It can be abortion up to birth for any reason including sex-selection abortion,” Sydney general practitioner Dr Cath Lennon said ahead ... Read More »

Bosses tackle homelessness lying down at Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Stephen Tait

STEPHEN Tait spends his days helping small businesses thrive in Queensland but after walking in the shoes of a woman escaping domestic violence, he wants to spend his nights ending homelessness. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland chief executive officer joined more than 180 business leaders for Vinnies CEO Sleepout on June 21. For the first time since the ... Read More »

Queensland’s body for men and women religious reaches end of an era

MEN and women religious in Queensland are embracing a new body to represent their orders, congregations and institutes following the closure of Catholic Religious Australia Queensland. More than 150 religious priests, sisters and brothers who have ministered in Queensland marked the official closure of CRAqld on June 6. The Ritual of Closure marked the end of nearly 55 years of ... Read More »

Single mother’s hospital parking pain eased following government promises

Lisa Jackson

HOSPITAL trips are becoming less of a financial nightmare for a Catholic single mother-of-three who until mid-last year was paying more than $380 a month in parking fees. Stafford parishioner of 45 years Lisa Jackson welcomed a victory for the community after the Queensland Government last year promised to invest up to $7.5 million over four years to make an ... Read More »

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