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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 »

Artist converts from secular graffiti to painting murals related to faith

Inspirational art: Zara Jankovic stands by a religiously-themed mural painted by her father. She was the model for the mural’s face.

GARTH Jankovic, of Townsville, has moved on from predominantly secular graffiti art to religiously-themed murals. “I want young people to look at my work and call it ‘mad’ but also to think it’s ‘deep’,” 39-year-old Garth said. Lately, he’s been led deeper into faith by a serious infection in his sinuses. “The infection has travelled and eroded into the bone ... Read More »

Hundreds join celebrations for Holy Rosary’s 125 years

At the Holy Rosary’s 125 years celebration Mass are (from left) Fathers Terry Stallard, Peter Greene, John Daly, John Grace, John Fitz-Herbert, Frank Gilbert and Terry Loth

BUNDABERG’S imposing Holy Rosary Church recently turned 125, and more than 600 people joined in to celebrate. The celebrations over the weekend of November 23 and 24 started with an 8.30am Mass celebrated by priests including Bundaberg’s parish priest Fr John Daly, assistant Fr John Fitz-Herbert and diocesan administrator Fr John Grace. Mass was followed by a family day in ... Read More »

Youth talk about what matters

Lismore youth

ENTHUSIASTIC youth from across Lismore diocese recently joined other young pilgrims in Melbourne for Australia’s first Catholic youth festival. Youth leader Eloise O’Brien said the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, running from December 5 to 7, enabled the diocese’s youth to join with young pilgrims from across Australia “to celebrate and grow in their faith”. “The festival also gave us the ... Read More »

Reading time building skills

Toowoomba Reading

A TOOWOOMBA school has partnered with the Federal Government to improve students’ reading skills. Holy Name Primary School has embarked on the innovative program. Principal Kathy Bliss said the program had been made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Government, parents and school staff. “Due to the Federal Government’s National Partnerships program, we have been able to direct additional ... Read More »

Veteran Toowoomba priest in golden days

fr james byrne

By ROBIN WILLIAMS TOOWOOMBA priest Fr James Byrne has a lot to be thankful for. A Mass of Thanksgiving was held at Sacred Heart Church on November 24 to celebrate the 74-year-old’s golden jubilee of priesthood and 32-year career as Wilsonton parish priest. Toowoomba Bishop Robert McGuckin, Fr Byrne and eight fellow Toowoomba priests, concelebrated the Mass. Following his ordination ... Read More »

Handmaids of Our Lord gather to mark Sr Mary’s day of jubilee

Handmaids of Our Lord gather to mark Sr Mary’s day of jubilee

FAMILY, friends and fellow Handmaids of Our Lord recently joined Handmaids of Our Lord Sister Mary Garnier for her golden jubilee. The Handmaids of Our Lord were founded in Papua New Guinea in 1918. The order has about 70 nuns missioning in Papua New Guinea and northern areas of Australia. The celebration on November 25 at St Therese’s Church, Bentley ... Read More »

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