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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 »

Australia’s good fortune not distributed equally, Social Justice Statement says

AUSTRALIA has maintained a solid momentum of economic growth over a quarter of a century – the longest economic growth in the western world – yet the benefits of this good fortune have not been distributed equally. This inequality forms the basis for the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2017–18, titled Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy. ... 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 »

Why the Ordinariate is the ‘living form’ of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism

Ordinaries

CHRISTIAN unity has various meanings within the Catholic Church, but for two former Anglican Bishops and one Catholic Bishop it is more than just “working together”. Monsignor Harry Entwistle, Monsignor Keith Newton and Catholic Bishop Steven Lopes are the world’s first Ordinaries for the extraordinary canonical structure that allows former Anglicans to be in full communion with the Church while ... 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 »

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