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Minister honours Bishop Putney

By Paul Dobbyn THE live streaming of Bishop Michael Putney’s vigil and funeral for those unable to attend is an indication of the love the city has for the bishop, Mundingburra MP David Crisafulli has told State Parliament. “Often in death people are lionised as superhuman, but there is no need to embellish Michael Putney,” he said in an emotional ... Read More »

Bishop Putney mourned

By Paul Dobbyn Townsville Bishop Michael Putney’s final years have been described as “a lived homily on hope”. Fr Bernie Gallagher, who studied with Bishop Putney at Banyo’s Pius XII Seminary, said he hoped to always remember this part of the bishop’s courageous and faith-filled journey. “Bishop Michael was not deceived by death,” he said. St Stephen’s Cathedral dean Fr ... Read More »

Bishop Michael Putney called home to God

By Paul Dobbyn TOWNSVILLE’S Bishop Michael Putney, called home to his eternal reward in the early hours of Friday, March 28, had just a week earlier launched a book on his great passion – ecumenism. The 67-year-old bishop’s ministry will continue in other ways too. On the morning of his death, more than 140 parishioners from around Townsville diocese gathered ... Read More »

New leader congratulated

ROCKHAMPTON’S new Bishop-elect Michael McCarthy was to concelebrate Mass on the feast day of St Joseph’s Cathedral’s patron saint last Wednesday. Rockhampton’s 10th bishop, who will be installed on the morning of Thursday, May 29, has a long connection with the diocese. The diocese’s administrator Fr John Grace spoke of his delight at the appointment as did former Bishop Brian ... Read More »

Praying for rain

By Paul Dobbyn ROMA’S parish priest Fr Jamie Collins has reason to believe in the power of prayer for rain. “The last time I organised a Day of Prayer for Rain was in 2009 when I was parish priest in St George,” he said. “A big storm came up through the afternoon that damaged the town clock and took the roof ... Read More »

Game on at St Mary’s

GAME design is a new information technology elective for Year 9 students at St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino. School principal Aaron Beach said the new course, Information Technology – Game Design, was based on a NSW Board of Studies syllabus with the school’s Leader of Curriculum focusing it games and programming developing. It would also benefit students at the College ... Read More »

Rocky farewells Brother Mick

THE combined 261 years of Catholic education provided by the Mercy Sisters and Christian Brothers to Rockhampton was acknowledged in a farewell Mass for the last of the city’s Christian Brothers, Br Mick Bible. Diocesan administrator Fr John Grace in his homily at the farewell Mass said “this city has profited from their combined outreach in teaching at the Range ... Read More »

First man ordained in Townsville since 2006

“VITALIS, don’t preach yourself; let others see Christ in you.” Townsville Bishop Michael Putney offered this advice to Deacon Vitalis Oguh at his ordination to the priesthood in a packed Sacred Heart Cathedral on February 6. His brother Fr Cyriacus Ogu, a priest in San Bernadino, California, attended his ordination together with his brother Magnus Ogu and sister Bertha Abaegbu. ... Read More »

Student’s life to change in 2014 with transplant

NORTHERN New South Wales Year 8 student Ieyesha Roberts is entering the new school year with one of the greatest gifts imaginable – a new kidney. For the 13-year-old, the transplant means a new life, free of dialysis. Kempsey’s St Paul’s College and the wider community have raised more than $11,000 to help the teenager’s family with ongoing costs associated ... Read More »

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