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Impressive first church ready to open at Springfield

Fr Mauro Conte

BRISBANE’S newest church will be blessed and dedicated next Friday – the completion of a “spiritual dream” for parish priest Fr Mauro Conte and patient parishioners of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Springfield Lakes. For seven years Springfield’s place of worship has been a hall at St Augustine’s College, with packed Sunday congregations reaching 450-500 people. Together parishioners have ... Read More »

All Hallows’ graduate shocked by refugee visa process starts charity to support child asylum seekers

Rory McGahan

SEEING asylum seekers struggle to fill out a “deliberately impossible” visa application has motivated a Catholic school graduate to give child refugees a better chance at staying in Australia. All Hallows’ School graduate from 2014, Rory McGahan, is the co-founder of The Unknown Project, a new Brisbane-based initiative that sells wrapped second-hand books to buy school resources for young asylum ... Read More »

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

Steven and Eloise Bird with their two sons

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 »

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