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Ordained to serve

LISMORE Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett reminded the diocese’s newest priest of the grace he would experience in the ordinariness of life’s ups and downs. He ordained Fr Stefan Matuszek, 27, at St Francis Xavier Church, Ballina, on September 14 – the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Fr Matuszek’s vocation grew in Tasmania but flourished through World Youth Day ... Read More »

ACU partners with BCE to train rural teachers

ACU partners with BCE to train rural teachers

THEOLOGY studies at university level will be available to north country Catholic teachers following a generous partnership with Australian Catholic University. ACU will deliver two university subjects over two semesters in person at Xavier Catholic College throughout 2016. The units will be available in person to a minimum of 20 staff, or online if teacher numbers are lower. The three-year ... Read More »

Walking with catechumens

Margaret Hallinan

CHOOSING to be a Catholic is a serious undertaking not just for those who enter the Church, but also for the people who walk with catechumens. Rockhampton’s parish support officer Margaret Hallinan has spent the past 37 years walking with adults seeking to know more about the Church and themselves. Ms Hallinan said the job was about “opening a door” ... Read More »

New testing system

Dr Lee-Anne Perry

Education commission backs assessment overhaul. THE Queensland Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Queensland Government’s confirmation that a new system of senior assessment will be introduced in schools from 2018. Education Minister Kate Jones announced last Monday Labor was proceeding with the new system proposed by the former Liberal National Party government. Ms Jones said the OP system would be ... Read More »

New Catholic school to remember women religious founder

New college

BEAUDESERT’S first Catholic secondary school will honour the Irish-born founder a religious congregation that left Catholic “footprints” in the region. McAuley College, named after Sisters of Mercy founder Venerable Catherine McAuley, will be the Scenic Rim’s first Catholic secondary school. The co-educational college will be located on Beaudesert-Nerang Rd as part of the Oaklands Estate, and administered by Brisbane Catholic ... Read More »

Homeless crisis shakes leaders

JON Martlew never thought he’d have to choose between an alleyway, a train station or a creek bridge for a night’s sleep. While his four children and wife stayed warm inside their Toowoomba home, Mr Martlew took to the streets last week to live like the nation’s 105, 237 homeless. “I wanted to immerse myself totally and raise awareness of ... Read More »

Praying for bomb victims

REMEMBRANCE and Healing is calling on members of Lismore diocese to join them at the Lismore Library to remember the pain and suffering of those affected by the Hiroshima Bombings, on August 6 at 5pm. The service marks 70 years since atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Remembering and Healing Inc. make it their mission to commemorate all ... Read More »

A place to belong

By Paul Dobbyn LORRAINE Abel was determined her daughter with Down syndrome would never become a young woman in an aged-care facility if she could no longer care for her. Together with other equally determined Townsville parents, Mrs Abel, under the guidance of Gwenyth Cutler, fought a 20-year battle to find a permanent home for their daughters. Almost five years ... Read More »

Thanks, Minister

By Paul Dobbyn THREE Townsville Catholics in a battle with the Immigration Department to stay in Australia are smiling with relief ­– and fellow parishioners are offering prayers of thanks – following ministerial intervention to stop their deportations. Townsville Hospital nurse Maria Sevilla and her 10-year-old son Tyrone celebrated becoming permanent residents of Australia at a morning tea after Mass ... Read More »

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