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Seminarians meet the Pope

Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary students and faculty in Rome after attending Mass and meeting Pope Francis in December.

HOLY Spirit Provincial Seminary students and deacons prayed and met with Pope Francis on a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome. Twelve seminary students, two deacons, seminary rector Monsignor Tony Randazzo, Brisbane archdiocese’s vocations director Fr Morgan Batt and seminary spiritual director Carmelite Father Paul Chandler attended Mass at Casa Santa Maria with Pope Francis on December 23. ... Read More »

Fr McHugh lived a life of joy despite trauma

FATHER Patrick McHugh lived a life of joy amidst hardships, suffering and trauma, until his last breath on December 30, 2013.His funeral Mass was held at St Stephen’s Cathedral on January 3.Fr McHugh was ordained to the priesthood at St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 29, 1959, and Archbishop Mark Coleridge received his body into the cathedral once more, this time ... Read More »

Dominican thanks Jesus for the gift of priesthood

Fr Joseph Wilson OP

By Emilie Ng DOMINICAN priest Father Joseph Wilson thanked God for giving him 60 years of priestly life on December 15. Ahead of the celebrations, Fr Wilson spoke with The Catholic Leader on the meaning of thanksgiving and life as a Dominican. For around 66 years, Fr Wilson has set his heart on following the footsteps and shadows of St ... Read More »

Burleigh church plans shape up

Burleigh Heads church

By Paul Dobbyn BURLEIGH Waters parishioners’ dreams of a permanent place of worship have moved closer to reality. This follows preparation of design plans for a new church by Gold Coast firm Peddle Thorp. Parish priest Fr Ken Howell said the proposed church, able to seat 550 with the capacity to take another 100 seats, will provide a “focal point” ... Read More »

Betty’s on a mission to help

Betty Graver

A HEARTBREAKING visit to India has left Beenleigh parishioner Betty Graver with a mission to find doctors willing to care for sick Indian children. Ms Graver recently returned from her fifth visit to India with Mamre International, a charity organisation that helps the poorest of the poor in India. Unlike previous trips where she has visited orphaned children, Ms Graver ... Read More »

Rosary beads made for third world

Former co-ordinator Regina O’Shaunessey hands the Universary Rosary Bouquet into the hands of Gail and Kevin Shorthouse outside their new office at Marian Valley, with Pauline Father Columba Macbeth-Green.

HANDMADE Rosary beads made by the Universal Rosary Bouquet will soon be distributed to third world countries and primary schools in Queensland thanks to a new merger with Catholic Mission. Brisbane’s Universal Rosary Bouquet co-ordinator Gail Shorthouse recently met with Catholic Mission Brisbane’s director David McGovern to discuss sending Rosary beads to Mongolia, the focus of Catholic Mission’s World Mission ... Read More »

Archdiocese pays tribute to Faith and Life director for 23 years of dedication

Faith and Life executive director Geoff Gowdie, with his wife Jill at his farewell.

STAFF from Brisbane archdiocesan departments and services took time out last week to farewell long-serving Faith and Life executive director Geoff Gowdie. Vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely said the gathering at the Francis Rush Centre was a chance to honour Mr Gowdie’s 23 years’ work in the archdiocese. “Geoff has figured prominently in the life of the archdiocese in all ... Read More »

Royal Commission turns its attention to Brisbane

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will turn its attention to the Catholic Church from next week, starting with a Brisbane case study. In a pastoral letter to priests and parishioners Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the hearing would look at specific historical case studies that occurred in Catholic Church institutions from the late 1960s to ... Read More »

St Brigid’s icon caps Nerang work

Fr Rucinski blessing the icon of St Brigid of Ireland.

THE final “piece” in the refurbish-ment of the Blessed Sacrament Prayer Chapel at St Brigid’s Church, Nerang, has been blessed and installed. Nerang parish priest Fr Rafal Rucinski blessed an icon of St Brigid of Ireland during Mass on November 17. He said the icon, along with new security features, completed the refurbishment. The chapel is available 24 hours each ... Read More »

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