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Brisbane Oratory novice swaps health care for spiritual care

Br John Henry Newman of the Oratory and a Vietnamese parishioner

HUNG Nguyen can spot a rotten tooth in seconds but after years of prayer he’s decided to study a new form of healing by becoming a priest. The Adelaide-born Vietnamese Catholic has left behind a career as an oral health practitioner to join the Brisbane Oratory. He entered the community on May 26 taking on a new name, Br John ... Read More »

Parish community vows to restore St Columba’s to near-original shape

St Columba's church

IT took a lightning bolt to push the faithful keepers of St Columba’s Church, Wilston, into an action plan to ensure the sacred icon stays standing for another 100 years. Last year lightning struck the 104-year-old church, which is part of the Good Samaritan Parish and St John the Baptist Parish, prompting the community to launch a three-year plan to ... Read More »

‘Sixth-most powerful person in Queensland’ says Catholicism gives him meaning and direction

Karl Morris and sons

AFTER more than 30 years in financial services and wealth management, Karl Morris admits his profile has never been higher than right now. “Even though I’ve had a number of public positions, I’ve had a very private life,” Mr Morris, father-of five, told a menALIVE Father’s Day breakfast in Brisbane. “This changed recently when I became chairman of the Brisbane ... Read More »

Euthanasia debate to take place in Queensland after vote on abortion bill

aged care

QUEENSLAND Labor has signalled a parliamentary push to legalise abortion will be followed with an inquiry into end-of-life issues, including euthanasia. With debate on the State Government’s abortion bill expected next month, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed to the state Labor conference plans for an inquiry to consider all aspects of end-of-life care, including voluntary assisted dying. “Following the vote on ... Read More »

Record numbers march down Brisbane city to protest Labor’s “extreme” abortion bill

March for Life crowd

THOUSANDS of people joined the March for Life through Brisbane’s CBD last weekend to protest the Queensland Government’s move to legalise abortion. Organisers estimate 4000 marched down George Street, many dressed in white, chanting “life, life, life” and “Pro-life, pro-woman”. “God’s law doesn’t endorse taking away life. This is like murder,” Kevin Turne, who had travelled from Dalby on the ... Read More »

Seniors and children all smiles during unique integenerational program

Two elderly ladies play music with a young boy from childcare

CHILDCARE centres don’t normally take children over six years of age so it was a surprise for some youngsters to find senior citizens roaming their halls last week. Residents living in Brisbane’s south-west and receiving support from Centacare’s aged-care services spent half a day at Good Shepherd childcare centre, Springfield Lakes, to trial a targeted intergenerational program. The senior citizens ... Read More »

The Queensland bus service that keeps prisoners and families connected

Deacon Russ Nelson

THIRTY-two years ago Deacon Russ Nelson answered a notice in his parish bulletin searching for drivers to take visitors to prison once a month. “I said ‘yes’ and I’ve kept on doing it,” Deacon Nelson, the longest-serving driver still working for the charity Prison Transport Group, said. More than just a bus service, PTG is celebrating 40 years offering service ... Read More »

Young Catholics give impoverished Timorese children a health boost for Year of Youth

medicines for Timor

PANADOL won’t be literally out of reach for children who visit a small medical clinic in East Timor thanks to a group of young Catholics from Brisbane. Members of the St Stephen’s Cathedral Young Adults Ministry will send more than $5000 in donated medicines to a clinic in Maliana, Timor Leste, which serves impoverished families who can’t access basic healthcare. ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge calls cultures of the world to ‘centre stage’ of the Church

Multicultural Mass procession

MULTICULTURAL communities are to be “centre stage” of the Church – not isolated and on the margins – if the future of the Church is to become what Jesus wants. In his homily for Brisbane archdiocese’s annual Multicultural Mass last Sunday, Archbishop Mark Coleridge repeated his desire to see multicultural groups included more in the heart of the Church. Archbishop ... Read More »

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