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Dominican priest joins Christian refugee advocates in week-long prayer vigil outside Brisbane immigration office

Fr Pan Jordan

IN the lead-up to Refugee Week, Christians have held daily vigils outside the Brisbane offices of the Department of Immigration calling for a fair onshore assessment process for asylum seekers. Thousands of asylum seekers living in Australia have been given until October 1 to submit their asylum claims, or risk deportation. “They are traumatised people, they didn’t keep a record ... Read More »

Grassroots charity founded by Brisbane mum raises $10,000 for Malawi kindergartens

Malawi kindergarteners

CHARITY founder and young mother Donna Power has kept her promise to feed and educate children in Malawi by raising $10,000 in her first major event. In 2011, Mrs Power founded Project Kindy, an Australian grassroots charity that pays for children to attend kindergarten in Malawi. The idea came about from a conversation with good friend Canossian Sister Melissa Dwyer ... Read More »

Not your mainstream principal

Erica Prosser

WHEN she quit high school at 15, got married at 17 and became a mother at 18, Erica Prosser never envisaged she would one day be an award-winning principal. The Holy Spirit College principal was the only Queensland teacher to win an Australian Scholarships Group National Excellence in Teaching Award earlier this year. She received a Leadership and Development Award ... Read More »

Brisbane mum Betty Howell ‘very proud’ of her bishop son

Betty Howell

BISHOP Kenneth Michael Howell was a teenager when he felt the call to the priesthood. The person who probably prayed for him the most is his mother Betty Howell, one of the few people who will be excused from addressing her son as “Bishop”. “When I call him ‘Father’, he always says, ‘Yes, Mother’,” Mrs Howell said. “It’s going to ... Read More »

Bishop Ken Howell ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane Archdiocese

IN rain-drenched central Brisbane, and amongst “joyful family and friends”, Bishop Ken Howell has been ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Brisbane at a packed St Stephen’s Cathedral. Bishops, archbishops and vicars general, parishioners and friends from around Australia attended the episcopal ordination for the locally born priest who until recently ran the country’s largest Catholic parish ... Read More »

Sacred Heart Church bears the scars of history for centenary celebrations

Fr Peter Brannelly inside Sacred Heart Church

CATHOLICS in Rosalie are preparing to mark 100 years since the laying of the foundation stone of their Romanesque church that was nearly destroyed by fire. In June 1917 Archbishop James Duhig laid the foundation stone of Sacred Heart Church, Rosalie, which was later opened on June 16, 1918, by Archbishop Bartolomeo Cattaneo, who was the apostolic delegate for Pope ... Read More »

Faith of parents in Communist China led to Rochedale parish priest’s vocation

Fr Baiyi Gong

CHINESE priest Fr Baiyi Gong may not have become Rochedale’s new pastor if China’s Communist Party hadn’t closed the seminary where his father was training to be a priest. Originally from the Hubei province, Fr Gong is from a village where about 80 per cent of the population is Catholic. Belgian Franciscan Friars brought the faith into Hubei province, which ... Read More »

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