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Former student giving back to ‘second home’

Future: Thomson Adsett’s architects’ impression of Loreto College Coorparoo from 2015, based on the college master plan

THE kindness of a former student of Loreto College, Coorparoo, has left the Catholic high school “a generous multi-year gift” to support the school’s development plans. Ann Staley (nee Toakley) began her education at Loreto at age 7, becoming Head of School in 1946. She was known to call Loreto College “a second home”. A charity in her name, the ... Read More »

Miami marks golden days

Jubilant faces: Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge gathers with many Filipino Catholics who attend Mass at Miami and Burleigh Heads

FIFTY years ago on December 22, 1963, Brisbane Archbishop James Duhig blessed a new war memorial Church built on a former Aboriginal midden at Miami on the Gold Coast. Fifty years later to the day, walking in his predecessor’s footsteps, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge led the parish in a Golden Jubilee Mass. Members of the Burleigh Heads parish, which has ... Read More »

It’s a match for Maddie and Mum

Mary Daly and daughter Maddie celebrate their graduation at the University of Queensland

BRISBANE’S Mary Daly knows exactly how hard her daughter Maddie worked to graduate from University of Queensland’s Nursing/Midwifery degree. The Samford mother of five also completed the degree, graduating in December at the same time as her daughter. And to top it off, mother and daughter have both secured positions in the Graduate Registered Nurse program for 2014 at the ... Read More »

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 »

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