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Brisbane priest ‘grateful to God’ for support that led to removal of ‘gay panic’ defence

Fr Paul Kelly

A GOLD Coast priest has a sense of “gratitude, relief and exhaustion” after a five-year long campaign that led to the scrapping of a Queensland law that allowed “gay panic” as a partial defence for murder. Surfers Paradise associate pastor Fr Paul Kelly “never doubted” he was fighting for a just cause – the Christian principle of absolute respect for human ... Read More »

Cathedral music director calling for first organ scholar at St Stephen’s

Ralph Morton Memorial Organi Scholarship launch event

MUSIC director at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral Dr Andrew Cichy is searching for his first organ scholar after launching a scholarship in memory of his predecessor, the late Dr Ralph Morton. The Ralph Morton Memorial Organ Scholarship, launched on the first anniversary of the former cathedral music director’s death, will offer a young organist a unique opportunity to develop their ... Read More »

The simple program that’s helping young Brisbane families buy their first home

Young family buys their first home

TRUST the Church to come up with a creative solution to help families drowning in an expensive housing market. Since 2008, a Catholic on Brisbane’s west who bequeathed her home to the Jubilee parish has helped three families save up for a deposit on a house. Known as the Head Start Program, the parish-based initiative offers young families the chance ... Read More »

First steps for seniors at St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon

Yeppoon school formal

ST Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, celebrated its opening Mass in February at Sacred Heart Church, Lammermoor. At the Mass, attended by students, staff and parents, Year 7 Student Talika Warcon read the Welcome to Country prior to the procession of college captains and celebrant Fr Noel Milner. Perfect my Steps, the English translation of the college motto, Perfice gressus meos, which ... Read More »

Retired priest Fr Dan Moore laid to rest in Ireland

Fr John Daly

RETIRED Rockhampton priest Fr Dan Moore died in Ireland on February 14, aged 79. “Fr Moore was surrounded by his family and friends, and at the time of his death, was held constantly in the prayers of the people of Central Queensland who had become aware of his failing health,” a spokesman said. He was ordained in St Hallows College, ... Read More »

#WDSD17: Read Olivia Hargroder’s speech at the UN Headquarters in New York for World Down Syndrome Day

Olivia Hargroder is a Year 12 student at Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough, Queensland. Olivia was born with Down Syndrome and was told by doctors that she would never learn to speak. A member of the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland, Olivia made her public speaking debut last year at a national education conference. She was recently invited to speak at ... Read More »

Youth Off the Streets leader says young offenders need help

Fr Chris Riley

AUSTRALIA’S youth justice system is under extreme pressure. In the past few months incarcerated juveniles have rioted in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria, with serious incidents in the Northern Territory. On November 10, up to 20 young offenders at Townsville’s Cleveland Detention Centre went on a night-long rampage that forced prison staff into hiding. Some sustained serious injuries and were ... Read More »