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Mothers who tragically lost their sons bond over support group for grieving parents

grieving mothers

IT’S a standard question: “How many children do you have?” Sue Fleming and Nicolette Kloppers, who live in Stanthorpe, in Toowoomba diocese, are mothers who answer with certainty although it can be “an awkward question”. “People say, ‘How many kids have you got?’ and I always say, ‘I have four’,” Sue said. “I say their names and ages but then ... Read More »

Jasmine’s shooting for big success as hoop dreams become reality

Jasmine Manning

JASMINE Manning has a great passion for basketball, shooting hoops whenever she gets a chance. Her hunger has paid off, with the Year 10 student at St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch Valley, picked to represent the state. “I’ve been selected to play for the women’s national league wheelchair basketball team, the Queensland Comets,” Jasmine said. She said she was excited ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop promises to continue and strengthen Church links with Papua New Guinea

Bishop Tim Harris in PNG

BISHOP Tim Harris has pledged to continue to deepen Townsville diocese’s relationship with Port Moresby archdiocese following a recent visit to the Papua New Guinea capital. In 2012, the late Bishop Michael Putney and the Archbishop of Port Moresby signed a significant and unique sister diocese agreement. The agreement allowed for the co-operation between the two dioceses in areas like ... Read More »

Former Rockhampton Catholic school student called to bench

Graeme Crow

A PAST student of Rockhampton’s Emmaus College was recently appointed Central Queensland’s first born and bred Supreme Court Justice replacing outgoing Central Judge, Justice Duncan McMeekin. Justice McMeekin welcomed Graeme Crow as his successor at the Rockhampton Court House, witnessed by members of the Crown, the Bar and the Central Queensland Law Association. Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy also attended with ... Read More »

Papal honour for ‘Father D’ as Port Macquarie parish says farewell

Fr D receives papal honour

GRATITUDE and good-wishes flowed for retiring parish priest Fr Leo Donnelly, who was presented a major Papal Award by Lismore Bishop Greg Homeming at a Mass held at St Agnes’ Parish on March 23. The same Mass installed the new parish priest, Fr Paul Gooley. The Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (the Cross for the Church and Pontiff) was established ... Read More »

Irish priest who came to Australia by boat in 1953 turning 90

Fr Tom Keegan

“THOUGH 12,000 miles (19,300km) may divide us my thoughts will constantly fly back to the old folks at home,” Fr Tom Keegan wrote in November 1953 aboard the ship Otranto while he was steaming out to Australia from his home in Ireland. Memories from Fr Keegan’s life came back to life as his friends and family prepared for his 90th ... Read More »

St Ursula’s celebrates 100 years

St Ursula's students celebrate 100th anniversary

ST Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, has launched into a year of celebrations for its centenary. Principal Catherine Dunbar said special college-based activities on March 12 were a prelude to even bigger festivities during Centenary Celebrations Weekend on May 4-6. “On Monday, March 12, all current students gathered for a special liturgy and then had a ‘100 years’ photo taken by college ... Read More »

Casino Catholic schools offers scholarship to lower Year 7 fees

St Mary's scholarship

ST Mary’s Catholic College, Casino, has launched the Mercy Scholarships Program offering fee concessions for Year 7 students. Principal Aaron Beach said the scholarships would be offered based on students’ academic achievement, effort and accomplishments in sport or culture. “For the first time in its in ninety-nine year history, the college is excited to offer these Mercy Scholarships for two ... Read More »

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