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Daniel remembered at his Coast college

DANIEL Morcombe’s school Siena College at Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast has marked news of the jailing of his murderer with prayer in staff rooms and at last week’s assembly. Principal Graeme Hight said the school’s response had been “deliberately quite low key”. However, memories of the school’s former student who was abducted and murdered by Brett Peter Cowan ... Read More »

Coorparoo Carmelite farewelled

COORPAROO parish has farewelled Carmelite Father Frank Shortis who served the community at Our Lady of Mount Carmel for 13 years. Fr Shortis (pictured) was asked by the Carmelite prior provincial to move to Melbourne to assist with provincial archiving and to help the seminarians in formation. He left on March1. Fr Shortis was the chaplain to the lay Carmelites ... Read More »

Samoans hand faith on to next generation

THE first of five Samoan Masses to be held this year at St Brigid’s Church, Nerang, attracted worshipers from Gold Coast and Brisbane communities. Samoan chaplain Fr Eparti Tamati, from Birkdale parish, celebrated the Samoan Mass on March 2 with local children taking part in the liturgy. The planned 2014 Masses are a move by a group of Nerang Samoan ... Read More »

Brisbane joins in prayer for Egypt

By Paul Dobbyn “EGYPT needs your prayers and we are so proud Egypt is the subject of this year’s World Day of Prayer.” Egypt’s Sydney consul general Ayman Ally Kamel delivered this and several other important messages as guest speaker at this year’s World Day of Prayer held in St Stephen’s Cathedral on March 7. Mr Kamel also spoke of ... Read More »

P and F federation returns ‘home’

By Paul Dobbyn QUEENSLAND Parents and Friends Federation executive director Carmel Nash has called the relocation of the organisation’s office “a homecoming”. The federation’s new office in the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct was blessed and opened by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge on March 7. Mrs Nash said the office had been located in the Catholic Centre (now Penola Place) when ... Read More »

Pro-life action encountering varied replies

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE pro-life activists Belinda Goodwin and Graham Preston have encountered different forms of opposition to their actions. Mrs Goodwin, a doctor and mother of eight children, has been involved in pro-life actions since her university days and helped found the annual Rally for Life. She has noticed a “hardening of the hearts of some women” encountered at ... Read More »

Reach of compassion

By Paul Dobbyn AWARENESS of how Catholics are supporting struggling parts of the world, including the Philippines and South America, was central to this year’s Queensland Project Compassion launch. Guest speakers Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan and Latin America programs co-ordinator Siobhan Jordan presented challenging yet uplifting stories to students from Catholic schools across Brisbane. Brisbane Archbishop Mark ... Read More »

Cathedral group cleans up

THINGS will be even greener than usual around the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct thanks to an ongoing sustainability learning project. The Cathedral Precinct Sustainability Learning Community, with guidance from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s office for Catholic Earthcare, is helping to promote ecological conversion. Group co-convenor Chris Ehler said this was being done through education and direct action. “The group ... Read More »

Growth creates optimism at ACU

By Paul Dobbyn “TODAY we celebrate the formal start of the academic year by the investment of our student leaders with a great sense of optimism.” Australian Catholic University Brisbane associate vice-chancellor Professor Jim Nyland with these words opened the Commencement Mass held in the university’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit on March 4. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge was principal ... Read More »

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