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Help the poor at breakfast with Betty

By Emilie Ng BEENLEIGH parishioner Betty Graver has high hopes for her next mission trip to India where she plans to put smiles on 65 child orphans’ faces. Ms Graver is planning next year to visit the Blessed Mother Teresa Home for orphans aged three to 14 in Adilabad, India. The home is run by the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed ... Read More »

Saint for the CMI family ‘happy news’

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S six Carmelites of Mary Immaculate priests are “overwhelmed with joy” after receiving news that their order’s founder will be canonised later this year. CMI founder Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara will be canonised with five other blesseds on November 23, the feast of Christ the King. CMI Father Josekutty Vadakkel said the CMI family was “very blessed ... Read More »

Seminary blooming

By Paul Dobbyn FOUNDATIONS for a new golden era at Banyo’s Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary continue to be laid with confirmation of the calling of tenders for a $5.5 million multi-purpose building. The seminary’s stage 3, described as “high technology-based”, includes a meeting area able to accommodate up to 150 people, a spirituality interaction area, a doubling of administration space, ... Read More »

Devoted to Jesus

By Emilie Ng CATHOLICS from the seven continents of the world gathered to share language, culture and love for the Eucharist at the annual Corpus Christi procession last Sunday. Brisbane’s ethnic communities were invited to lead decades of the Rosary during the procession at Nudgee Junior College Indooroopilly, in Brisbane’s west. One attendee commented on the beauty of hearing the prayers ... Read More »

Deacons focus on Joy of the Gospel

deacon retreat

BRISBANE archdiocese’s deacons and their wives focused on the teachings of Pope Francis at their annual retreat recently. The retreat, led by Columban Father Trevor Trotter, was held at the Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston. Fr Trotter gave six guided reflections on key themes emerging from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Deacon Gary Stone ... Read More »

Praying for Iraq sisters

By Paul Dobbyn TWO religious sisters from Iraq with a Brisbane connection are living an increasingly perilous existence in the country’s north as sectarian violence rapidly spirals out of control. Daughters of Jesus’ Sacred Heart Sisters Samar Mikha and Azhar Koka returned to Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, in November 2012. When they spoke to The Catholic Leader shortly before ... Read More »

Blessed day

By Peter Bugden BISHOP Michael McCarthy, celebrating his first ordination since becoming Bishop of Rockhampton, assured two new deacons the people they served would call out their pastoral gifts. Bishop McCarthy, whose episcopal ordination was on May 29, ordained Andrew Hogan and Stephen Camiolo to the transitional diaconate at Holy Spirit Chapel, Banyo, on June 19 as they work towards ... Read More »

Liturgist coming to Queensland to share his practical expertise

INTERNATIONALLY known United States liturgist and writer Fr Paul Turner will be a guest speaker in Brisbane archdiocese in August. He will be keynote speaker at the Australian Catechumenate Network national conference in Townsville from August 7-10 and then will visit Brisbane from August 11-13. Fr Turner is pastor of a Kansas City parish and author of numerous publications and ... Read More »

Waiting in hope

By Paul Dobbyn SRI Lankan husband-and-wife asylum seekers Elizabeth and Suji Sunderalingam, of Springfield, are praying for a miracle. The Tamil couple, who are members of Our Lady of the Southern Cross Parish, recently became first-time parents and had their baby Karistian baptised there. Now they are praying for Australian citizenship. Parish priest Fr Mauro Conte said the parish was ... Read More »

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