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Relics of Maronite’s founding father venerated in Brisbane for first time

Children before St Maroun's relics

MARONITE Catholics living in Brisbane made a pilgrimage to their homeland of Lebanon in the spiritual sense when they welcomed the first-class relics of their founding father St Maroun. The Maronite community of St Maroun’s, Greenslopes, venerated the ex-ossibus relics of St Maroun, taken from his skull, at Evening Prayer on February 10. St Maroun was a Christian hermit monk ... Read More »

ACU going strong despite cuts to eleven Brisbane-based courses

Dr Stephen Weller

DR Stephen Weller is upbeat about the rapid growth of Australian Catholic University, and particularly its Brisbane campus at Banyo, despite the axing of dozens of courses before the start of the year. “There were a number of prospective students who were disgruntled at our decision to cancel a course they had applied for – no question,” ACU’s deputy vice-chancellor ... Read More »

Seven young men make ‘heroic’ entry into Banyo seminary

New seminarians for 2018

YOUNGER faces will be a common sight at Queensland’s Holy Spirit seminary this year as seven men under 30 began their studies for the priesthood this week. Brisbane archdiocese welcomed seven young men to the seminary on February 11, making it the largest local intake in years. The cohort includes two Vietnamese men who were invited to study at the ... Read More »

Brisbane Lenten program rolls out brand new DVD resource

Katelyn Ross and John Evans from the Brisbane Lenten prgram

A YOUNG woman who suffered from anorexia as a teenager and a man who found healing from his abusive past have shared their stories for Brisbane archdiocese’s annual Lenten program. Katelyn Ross and John Evans are among the six Catholics from Brisbane who share openly about their experiences of blessings and brokenness for the 2018 program. The stories are told ... Read More »

Departing Capuchin pastor wants more lay leadership

Capuchin Fathers Severino Bustamante and Fr John Spiteri

CAPUCHIN Father John Spiteri has kind words for the members Wynnum’s Guardian Angels Parish, as he departs after six years to take up a new mission in Melbourne. “This is a warm hearted parish, generous to a fault, and they’ve been very patient with me. They’ve put up with my antics,” he said. “I learnt a lot. I had a ... Read More »

Meet the Catholic school students who set out to save lives with their inventions

Lachlan Zidar and Jared Crowley

ASPIRING engineers Lachlan Zidar and Jared Crowley are on the path to changing potentially hundreds of lives with two homemade inventions – and they’re only 14. The Year 9 students from Marymount College, Burleigh Heads, were named finalists for the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards, held in Melbourne last week. Both Lachlan and Jared were nominated for creating ... Read More »

Religious instructors prepare for another year of delivering the message of Christ in Queensland classrooms

Religious Instructor Amy Hollier

AT the Catalyst Church, at Brassall near Ipswich, 106 religious instructors and assistants gather for training to prepare for their 2018 instructing in state schools. Similar training sessions are happening in centres across Queensland as an army of volunteers – from every denomination – take on the task of delivering the message of Jesus in the classroom. “It’s very satisfying, ... Read More »

ABC veteran Sean Dorney tackles life with motor neurone disease

Sean Dorney

ON a recent family trip to Caloundra, acclaimed foreign correspondent Sean Dorney shuffled down the beach to the surf, assisted by his wife and daughter, unable to raise his legs more than a few centimetres above the sand. “If you are walking behind me the tracks look as if a turtle has been scraping through the sand,” Mr Dorney said. ... Read More »

Catholic author to launch first book inspired by abusive history

Michaela Daphne

EMOTIONAL abuse survivor Michaela Daphne has released the first book in a series aimed at showing women “the signs of a bad relationship”. Purlieu is the first instalment of the Hidden Grove series, a fantasy thriller inspired by Ms Daphne’s experience of being in an abusive relationship for 12 months. Ms Daphne was 18 when she started a relationship with ... Read More »

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