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Leader installed at Beaudesert

By Emilie Ng BEAUDESERT’S newly installed parish priest Fr Michael McKeaten (pictured) feels empowered for his new mission in one of Brisbane’s larger parishes. Fr McKeaten, who was also appointed dean of Logan Deanery earlier this year, was officially installed on March 16, but has been at the parish since January 1. “In both roles I hope to continue the ... Read More »

Fr Columba’s going ‘back to his people’

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Pauline Father Columba Macbeth-Green had several reasons for total surprise on learning he’d been named Wilcannia-Forbes diocese’s seventh bishop. Firstly, the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit (OSPPE) to which he belongs “has only one bishop in the whole world”. “The order is normally out of the limelight,” he said, “so becoming a bishop ... Read More »

Colloquium to explore Pope’s world influence

CATHOLIC experts will lead a colloquium to discuss and workshop the impact Holy Father Pope Francis is having on the global Church and in mainstream media this month. Experts on the panel include Mount Alvernia College deputy principal Allison Stone, 55 comms Chief Executive Officer and former The Courier-Mail editor Michael Crutcher, Evangelisation Brisbane mission team leader Ursuline Sister Kari ... Read More »

Ipswich mayor helps order give a hand up to homeless

IPSWICH council will donate almost $20,000 to the Order of Malta to buy 600 custom-made coats for homeless in Brisbane and Ipswich. Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale announced at the third annual Coats for the Homeless breakfast on April 3, that he and fellow Ipswich councillor David Morrison had agreed to double their initial purchase of 300 coats for the homeless. ... Read More »

More young men consider priesthood at vocations dinner

YOUNG men considering the priesthood gathered in Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s home in New Farm for the 17th annual vocations dinner. More than 50 young men came in search of answers, consolations and encouragement in their pursuit of discerning the priestly vocation. The dinners offer young men a “clearer idea” about discerning the priesthood in Brisbane. Joining the Archbishop was ... Read More »

Peace and prayer outdo disruptive pro-abortion protesters

By Emilie Ng A GROUP praying outside a Bowen Hills abortion clinic to stop women from aborting their child were “unaffected” by a recent counter-demonstration supporting abortion and women’s choice. 40 Days for Life president Brendan Wong was praying outside the Marie Stopes clinic when 30 pro-abortion supporters arrived with megaphones and posters, being  “very noisy and aggressive” on April ... Read More »

Forty years full of faith

By Emilie Ng IMITATING St Joseph’s quiet yet faithful demeanor has been Sr Jenny Scari’s approach to ministering to God’s people as a Sister of St Joseph for the past 40 years. “I just like to be like St Joseph, quietly working in the background,” Sr Scari said. But over the past few weeks, Sr Jenny was brought out from ... Read More »

Helping African children learn with kindy project

FOUR Brisbane Catholic schoolteachers are calling for donations to give “joyous young children” three fully resourced kindergartens in a local village in Malawi, North East Africa. Corrie Shand, Louella Sparks, Dianne Riddle and Dianne McRoberts, staff of St James College,  Spring Hill, visited the Canossian Sisters in Malawi as part of an immersion trip over the summer school holidays. They ... Read More »

Building relationships

By Emilie Ng PARENTS and Friends Federation of Catholic Schools in Queensland is committed to shaping better parents, according to executive director Carmel Nash. To support parents improve their parenting skills, the federation is holding their Biennial Catholic School Parent Conference from April 25 -27. Almost 200 parents and other “significant people in Catholic education” from around the country attend ... Read More »

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