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New journey of service begins for Brisbane men ordained deacons

SEMINARIANS Thomas Zaranski and Damien Everitt have made it to the final step before the priesthood after being ordained deacons today. Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained Deacon Zaranski, 31, and Deacon Everitt, 43, to the transitional diaconate in a Mass at Holy Spirit Chapel, at Banyo’s Australian Catholic University. The ordination marks the final step before the two can be ordained ... Read More »

Is there a Latin Mass revival in Brisbane’s country towns?

Latin Mass in Mt Perry

TRADITIONAL Latin Mass could be set for a mini revival in rural churches around Brisbane. Dozens of worshippers braved heavy rain and flooding to attend Mass in the extraordinary form at St Patrick’s Church in the historic gold-mining town of Mt Perry, west of Bundaberg, last month. There was high praise for the Latin Mass from Oratory in Formation moderator ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic teacher dedicates first song to refugees

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PRIMARY teacher Patricia Crilly can only guess how many refugees have stared into the Southern Cross on their journey to Australia. The Year 4 teacher and school choir co-ordinator at St Luke’s Catholic Parish School, Capalaba, is a refugee advocate who has tried to understand the terrifying journey refugees have made while fleeing their homes. Mrs Crillly (pictured) said she ... Read More »

Leader of largest missionary congregation says multicultural parishes will change the world during Brisbane visit

Divine Word Missionaries visit

BRISBANE’S two parishes run by the Divine Word Missionaries hold the key to attaining world peace, the congregation’s superior general Fr Heinz Kuluke says. The leader for six years of the Society of the Divine Word, the world’s largest missionary congregation, said the intercultural make-up of the Inala and Kingston-Marsden parishes where his missionaries worked “would change the world”. “I ... Read More »

Brisbane bishop shares brotherly laugh with Pope Francis in first meeting

Bishop Joseph Oudeman meets Pope Francis

FORMER Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman has finally crossed off meeting Pope Francis from his bucket list just months after retiring from ministry. Despite having been a bishop for Pope Francis’ entire papacy, Bishop Oudeman had not been given a chance to meet the Holy Father before retiring in March. He finally met Pope Francis during a pilgrimage for Capuchin ... Read More »

Healing liturgy at Kenmore acknowledges sexual abuse failures of the Church

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CATHOLICS from seven parishes in Brisbane’s west have acknowledged the Church’s failing of survivors of sexual abuse during a moving healing liturgy in Kenmore. Parishioners from the Brisbane West deanery, which incorporates the parishes of Corinda Graceville, Darra Jindalee, Inala, Indooroopilly, Kenmore, St Lucia and Toowong, gathered at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Kenmore, on October 23 to acknowledge ... Read More »

Catholic teachers shine in Queensland teaching awards

QUEENSLAND’S top award for teachers has been given to two Catholics from Gympie and the Gold Coast. Dr Lyn Nothdurft from St Patrick’s College, Gympie and Jane Greffe from Marymount College won two of four state-wide awards from the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Awards. The annual awards coincides with World Teachers’ Day on October 27 and offers ... Read More »

Iona College’s first student returns for 60th anniversary celebrations

Fr Bill Ousley

BILL Ousley was the first young student to step through the gates of Iona College 60 years ago. He was schooled by priests of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) from Year 6 to graduation, and it was their inspiration that led him to become a priest himself. “Because they were a community. I always noticed that,” Fr Ousley ... Read More »

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