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Brisbane begins new bioethics era

By Libby Blom MELBOURNE’S John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family has begun offering bioethics courses in Brisbane. The courses are run by the Queensland Bioethics Centre. Seven students recently spent a weekend on preparation for the first subject to be offered in Brisbane – The Philosophical Foundations of Bioethics. A spokesman said the course was an opportunity for ... Read More »

Ukraine in our prayers

BRISBANE’S Ukrainian community will gather at Woolloongabba’s Church of the Protection of the Mother of God on March 9, offering prayers and collecting alms to support their countrymen as the political crisis in the Ukraine worsens. Ukrainian Catholic chaplain Fr Stefan Sapun said the liturgy at the 9.30am Mass would be dedicated to all who have suffered in the ongoing ... Read More »

Choosing life instead of the shadow of death

This is WENDY  FRANCIS’ speech delivered at the Rally for Life in Brisbane’s Queens Park on February 22. From the very beginning, God gave us choice. Life is full of choices – every single day. You have chosen to be here today and for that I thank you and honour you – because today, we rally together for life. Together, ... Read More »

Despair over abuse

Difficult days

TRUTH, Justice and Healing Commission chief executive officer Francis Sullivan has described “a heavy sense of despair (which) filled the Brisbane hearing rooms” as the Royal Commission concluded six days of hearings into sexual abuse at a Toowoomba Catholic primary school. “The tragic case of 13 young girls abused … has been a miserable saga on every front,” he wrote ... Read More »

The fruit of the vine

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Assembly of Catholic Professionals guest speaker Tim Kirk, voted Australian winemaker of the Year in 2013 by a gourmet wine magazine, recently delivered what he called his “theology of winemaking” to the assembly’s largest audience yet. “Part of God’s glorious creation is present through the medium of wine,” he said. “To work with creation, a ... Read More »

‘Great adventure’ shared

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely and Jubilee parish priest Fr Peter Brannelly, who started their seminary studies together 32 years ago, agree the priesthood has been “a great     adventure with many surprises”. One delightful surprise for both men has been a friendship which has flourished right through to the silver jubilees they recently celebrated ... Read More »

United in prayer for peace

WHEN Sandy O’Donohue, one of the organisers of this year’s World Day of Prayer in St Stephen’s Cathedral Brisbane, approached the Egyptian Embassy in Sydney for one of the country’s flags she got an unexpected bonus. “The Consul General Ayman Aly Kamel asked if we had a guest speaker yet,” she said. “I said we didn’t and he said because ... Read More »

New pastor grateful for the gift of priesthood

NEW friends gathered with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge to install Fr Joseph Kannatt as the new parish priest of Beenleigh on February 8. Fr Kannatt, a Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament priest, shared this occasion with parishioners at St Patrick’s Church and with brother priests, vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely, MCBS provincial superior Fr Joseph Mulangattil, Fr Michael McKeaten, ... Read More »

Musician, nurse take on ambassador roles

ANNABEL Pike and Michael Mangan will be the official ambassadors for Catholic Education Week 2014 in Queensland. Annabel is a past student of St Agatha’s School and St Rita’s College, Clayfield. She is a nursing graduate of the Australian Catholic University’s Early Achievers Program and the recipient of the 2012 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards’ Outstanding Graduate of the Year. Annabel ... Read More »

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