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Townsville diocese prays for PNG’s first cardinal at welcome Mass

PNG Cardinal

DURING the welcome Mass for Cardinal John Ribat late last year, many people spoke kindly of the shepherd who was now the first cardinal to be appointed from Papua New Guinea. Apostolic nuncio for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal said: “We are here to share our joy and express our gratitude to God for ... Read More »

Lismore’s faithful are united in prayer for the ordination of their new bishop next month

Bishop-elect Geoffrey Homeming

LISMORE diocese is united in prayer for its new bishop Carmelite Father Gregory Homeming in the lead-up to his episcopal ordination on February 22. Pope Francis appointed Fr Homeming as the sixth Bishop of Lismore and accepted the resignation of Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett on December 20. Fr Homeming’s episcopal ordination will be held in St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, at 7pm ... Read More »

Faith more important than makeup to these Catholic girls

Girl talk

IT’S not all about make-up and trendy clothes. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Young ladies in St Joseph’s Parish, Stanthorpe, in Toowoomba diocese, have collaborated to form a Catholic girls’ club for 10 to 17-year-olds. A group of girls began meeting in September as participants in the Girl Talk program, written by Brisbane Catholics Kym Keady and Chantale Wilson, ... Read More »

Warwick church saved by quick community response

Fire at St Mary's Warwick

TOOWOOMBA’S bishop has praised the swift response of the community that saved a Warwick church after a lightning strike set it on fire. The fire that could have destroyed St Mary’s Church, Warwick, was started by a lightning strike that hit during a storm on January 2. Firefighters put the blaze out, saving the entire church from a disastrous ending. ... Read More »

Social justice group honours local singer for his community efforts

Josh Arnold

TOOWOOMBA singer-songwriter Josh Arnold has won the diocese’s 2016 Social Justice Award. At the recent award presentation, the diocese’s Social Justice Commission executive officer Dr Mark Copland paid tribute to Mr Arnold for his work with the Walk Together Project. “The Walk Together Toowoomba Project, which was the brainchild of musician and community builder Josh Arnold, is something the whole ... Read More »

New education executive in Cairns helped establish education initiative on Nauru

Ian Davis

CAIRNS diocese’s Catholic Education Services new deputy executive director was involved in helping Australian Border Force with education needs on Nauru. CES has appointed Ian Davis deputy executive director to succeed Diarmuid O’Riordan, who resigned to become principal of St Edmund’s College, Ipswich. Mr Davis takes up his new role from January 16. In announcing Mr Davis’ appointment, CES executive ... Read More »

Community farewells friends and faith guide

Farewell-to-Father-Pulickal

WHEN a community says goodbye to its parish priest, there are many memories shared. But when a priest leaves a parish to go home to his mother country, it is far more heartfelt. Carmelite Father Thomas Pulickal arrived in Townsville in November 2012 from India where he had lectured at the Carmelite seminary in Liturgy. Upon arriving he was appointed ... Read More »

Townsville Catholics attend Mass celebrating Port Moresby archdiocese’s 50th

port-moresby-turns-50

DELEGATES from Townsville diocese visited Papua New Guinea in late November to help celebrate the golden anniversary of Port Moresby archdiocese. During the Golden Jubilee Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Cardinal John Ribat spoke to the more than 2000 gathered and shared many historical facts about the forming of what is now the Archdiocese of Port Moresby. “The archdiocese was originally ... Read More »

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