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Same-sex marriage supporters show their ugly side outside Brisbane Catholic church

same sex marriage protesters

EYEWITNESSES have described “an angry chanting crowd” of protesters outside a Brisbane Catholic church hours after the High Court agreed to allow the same-sex marriage postal vote to go ahead on September 7. Dozens of same-sex marriage supporters chanted, blocked the driveway entrance and spilled into the car park of St Michael’s Church, Dorrington as they awaited people arriving for ... Read More »

Victorian parish nurse for 17 years has plans to expand ministry into Brisbane

Leonie Rastas

SHIVERING from the cold wind rushing through the cemetery, grieving mother Lori O’Keefe tightened the shawl around her shoulders as she buried her son, missing martial arts expert Dan O’Keefe. The discovery of Dan’s body beneath his parent’s Geelong home in 2016 ended a five-year search for the 24 year old, but also prompted a response from parish nurse Leonie ... Read More »

Priestly vocational discernment on the rise in Queensland

Seminarians, priests and young men discerning

RECORD numbers of young men are discerning the priesthood in the Brisbane archdiocese with “extraordinary” hopes for next year’s seminary intake. Vocation Brisbane director Fr Morgan Batt said nineteen young men attended their recent annual Quo Vadis discernment weekend, the largest number in 22 years. Discernment weekends allow young men to spend a weekend at Holy Spirit seminary in Brisbane, ... Read More »

Teacher to jump off Goodwill Bridge for father-in-law with motor neurone disease

Patrick Wedge and Matt Messer

PATRICK Wedge crossed the finish line at two major world marathons with no troubles, but now he can’t even cross the room without feeling “exhausted”. The 69-year-old Geebung parishioner has motor neurone disease, a terminal neurodegenerative illness that has no cure and no treatment. The disease is weakening Mr Wedge’s muscles, as neurons responsible for the muscles that allow him ... Read More »

Fr Hans Zollner: Australians have lost trust in the local Church following sexual abuse scandals

Fr Hans Zollner

ONE of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, has singled out Australia as a country where “people have lost trust completely” in the Church. “There seems to be almost nil trust in what the Church says,” Fr Zollner, president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, said. ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop releases new pastoral letter defending traditional marriage

Marriage between a man and a woman

AS battle lines deepen over whether Australians voters should oppose or support same-sex marriage, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has advised of the importance of upholding traditional marriage. “This debate is about the meaning of marriage, and that’s why it’s important that everyone have their say in the postal vote,” Archbishop Coleridge wrote in a pastoral letter, which is published in ... Read More »

Voice consultant to Royal Shakespeare Company stresses the power of speech for Catholic professionals

Professor Paul Carding

AUSTRALIAN Catholic University’s Professor Paul Carding believes  speech is the most powerful tool humans have. Speaking at the August luncheon of Assembly of Catholic Professionals in Brisbane, Professor Carding said it was possible for most of people to deliver speeches which were “not just polished” but “motivating, inspiring and yes, potentially even life-changing”. A world expert in voice and speech ... Read More »

Springfield’s newest place to call home

Springfield Catholic church

SPRINGFIELD’S new Our Lady of the Southern Cross church was opened during a joyous dedication attended by more than 700 people on September 1. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge presided, in a church filled with members of a rapidly-growing parish community, that features more than 25 nationalities. “It was very exciting. People are just very happy to have a place they ... Read More »

Mojgan Shamsalipoor shares struggle to remain in Australia with Brisbane students as part of book tour

Mojgan Shamsalipoor with Mt Alvernia College students

IRANIAN woman Mojgan Shamsalipoor has started a tour of schools across Queensland explaining to students and teachers the plight of refugees and asylum seekers held in detention. The 24-year-old remains on a temporary bridging visa, and still faces deportation or detention by the end of the year. As she awaits an Immigration Department decision about her future, Ms Shamsalipoor has ... Read More »

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