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Ordination joy for Rocky

THIRTY-two years after being baptised in Rockhampton’s St Joseph’s Cathedral, local man Deacon Andrew Hogan, will return to the iconic city landmark to be ordained a priest on December 3 by Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy. A large congregation, including 150 of Andrew’s family and friends, are expected to gather with Bishop McCarthy, along with diocesan priests and religious, and members ... Read More »

New bishops meet pope

By Paul Dobbyn ROCKHAMPTON Bishop Michael McCarthy and Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green hold cherished memories of their meeting with Pope Francis after their attendance at a school for new bishops in Rome. The school ran for two weeks from early September. Bishop McCarthy had anticipated the meeting and before leaving for Rome said his diary had a “great circle around ... Read More »

Fishy secret eludes bishop

Bishop Robert McGuckin

BISHOP Robert McGuckin is still amused at a young lad’s response to a question about his favourite fishing spot. The response came during the bishop’s recent visits to Catholic schools in western areas of Toowoomba diocese including Charleville, Augathella and Quilpie. “I can remember in one classroom asking a young boy what he had done during the holiday,” Bishop McGuckin ... Read More »

Townsville diocesan schools leading the way in green energy

eco school

FORMER Australian Davis Cup tennis captain and now Eco Community Ambassador, John Fitzgerald, visited Townsville on August 13 to launch the Townsville Catholic Education solar program – the first of its kind for a school system within Australia. Townsville Catholic Education has partnered with Eco Community to roll out a solar PV and lighting program across all thirty schools in ... Read More »

Marist tradition celebrated in Innisfail

By Paul Dobbyn PAST and future came together at Innisfail’s Good Counsel College recently when the 75th anniversary of Marist education in the district coincided with the opening of a major educational facility on the campus. The La Valla Centre, complete with state-of-the-art library, lecture theatre, graphics and information technology laboratories, and general teaching areas, was blessed during a liturgy ... Read More »

Congolese youngsters calling Kyogle home

FIVE Congolese orphans happily settled in Kyogle recently met the Salesian Brother who helped arrange their placement in Australia. Australian Salesian Missions director Michael Lynch said he was pleased to see the young people – Labelle Mayangi, 20, and her four brothers Mbo and Mpia, both 17, Jeremy, 15, and Samuel, 12 – taking part in many community activities. “Some ... Read More »

Prisoners taking faith journey

By Paul Dobbyn PRISONERS at Cairns Lotus Glen Correctional Centre are able to pray and discuss their faith thanks to visits from fellow Catholics. Francis Bedford said the pastoral experience he was getting in the prison ministry was enriching in many ways. Cairns diocese has two pastoral care associates as well as staff of pastoral support services attending to the ... Read More »

‘Adult entertainment’ venue in a precinct full of families

By Paul Dobbyn JENNY Goodwin is asking state Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie “to stop sitting on his hands” and ensure that adult entertainment venues similar to The Vault on Ruthven in Toowoomba are not imposed on other communities. “As the minister in charge of the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, the attorney-general needs to have a good look at what’s ... Read More »

Honour for Bishop Foley

By Paul Dobbyn CAIRNS Bishop James Foley felt a “little bit of a cheat” as he “waltzed in” to receive his honorary doctorate at Banyo’s Australian Catholic University recently. “I was the centre of attention and gave the main speech whereas everyone else got ‘real’ awards after toiling away at their qualifications for many a year,” he said. Bishop Foley ... Read More »

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