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New Lenten program to help with reflecting, sharing and living the Gospel

MARIST Brother Roger Burke’s enthusiasm for spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ is infectious. In more than 60 years as a Marist Brother he has strived to live the Gospel and has always encouraged others to live out their baptismal call. In Jubilee parish, in Brisbane’s inner west, he has been instrumental in adult faith initiatives including the annual ... Read More »

Lynda Mussell’s helping change lives across the world

LYNDA Mussell counts it as a privilege to spread the message of how Caritas helps some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Catholic Agency For Overseas Development counts it as a privilege to spread the message of how Caritas helps some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Ms Mussell works for Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD), the ... Read More »

Memory Café offers flexibility, respite for carers in Brisbane

BRISBANE’S first Memory Café runs to support people with dementia and those who care for them. “It’s a relaxing opportunity to share stories and hear solutions from other people, whilst enjoying refreshments,” Centacare’s Caroline Grogan, who co-ordinates a program for carers, said. Ms Grogan said something as simple as a chat over a cuppa, with a slice of cake, and ... Read More »

New seminarians at Banyo a sign of hope in dark times

VOCATIONS to the priesthood are continuing to grow in Queensland despite the “shame” revealed in the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in the past two weeks. The Brisbane archdiocese welcomes five new seminarians to Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland this year. Gerard Lai, Minje Kim, David Nightingale, Isaac Falzon and John Foley took their first steps towards the priesthood at ... Read More »

Thousands take to Brisbane streets to oppose abortion bills

THOUSANDS of pro-life marchers in Brisbane have piled the pressure on Queensland politicians to oppose a private member’s bill aimed at decriminalising abortion. The people-power, pro-life message at the March for Life was clear – politicians and community leaders marched behind banners proclaiming “people deserve better than abortion”, mothers held babies and pushed strollers, and families delighted in the carnival ... Read More »

New shepherd already listening to Townsville’s pastoral needs

TOWNSVILLE’S sixth bishop was sitting in his presbytery kitchen when he learnt his predecessor had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Over the kitchen table at the Clear Island Waters church presbytery in 2012, Bishop Michael Putney told the parish priest and one of his former students in the seminary Fr Tim Harris that he was dying of cancer. “I ... Read More »

Renowned musician and scholar picks up baton at St Stephen’s Cathedral

Andrew Cichy

BRISBANE’S newest cathedral music director decided in his teens to take up playing an instrument that was at odds with his name. Dr Andrew Cichy, whose surname is Polish for “quiet”, picked the organ as his muse when he was just 15 and a student at Trinity College, East Perth. “‘Cichy’ does indeed mean ‘quiet’, so I’m not quite sure ... Read More »

Muslim community donates $3000 to Vinnies Jimboomba

Vinnies Jimboomba receives donation

MUSLIM leaders based in Jimboomba have donated $3000 to a Catholic charity to support the poor and needy. St Vincent de Paul Society Jimboomba conference president Peter Flynn received a cheque for $3000 from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Jimboomba on Australia Day. Mr Flynn said the donation from the Muslim community was a major relief for the conference, which supports ... Read More »

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