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Bishop ‘a great man, a great leader and a great shepherd’

Raymond Benjamin Funeral

THE late Bishop Raymond Benjamin was a much-loved leader of Townsville diocese, and during his Vigil and Sharing of Memories people paid tribute to him and told many stories of the wonderful man.Bishop Benjamin, the fourth Bishop of Townsville, was buried on March 17 in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. He died on March 7.Fr Terry Lyons, a priest of the ... Read More »

History preserved as Lismore cathedral revived

Lismore Cathedral

ST Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, has been restored, enhancing it as a spiritual sanctuary. Lismore Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett celebrated the re-opening and rededication at a Mass on February 22, with apostolic nuncio Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana in attendance. Bishop Jarrett said the rejuvenation of the cathedral was the culmination of a five-year plan to give the historic structure a makeover. “The ... Read More »

Toowoomba teenager answers the call and enters seminary


PARISHIONERS at Sacred Heart Church, Toowoomba, fraewelled one of their own, Nathan Webb, on February 14 but are delighted his destination was the Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary in Brisbane. Mr Webb, 18, said he had always felt the calling to become a priest and after a number of years of discernment had decided to take the next step. “It’s kind ... Read More »

Polish priest’s mission dream goes bush

Fr Adam Woch

FR Adam Woch had thoughts of being a missionary in Brazil when he was ordained in Poland, and ending up in outback Queensland would’ve been beyond his wildest dreams. Now, as parish priest of St George-Dirranbandi, he could not be happier but the experience is nothing like he could have imagined. “For me, it’s a new experience,” he said. “I ... Read More »

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 »

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