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By Paul Dobbyn COOKTOWN’S pastoral leader Mercy Sister Irene Masterson has amazingly managed to be “where cyclones weren’t” in her decades of ministry in Queensland’s far north. Not this time. Preparing to bunker down ahead of monster Cyclone Ita with the rest of Cooktown, she spoke with The Catholic Leader around 11am Friday, April 11. Reports were becoming increasingly alarming. ... Read More »

Plan to build on momentum of Bishop Putney’s initiatives

By Paul Dobbyn TOWNSVILLE diocese’s administrator Fr Mick Lowcock and chancellor Len Horner have spoken of Bishop Michael Putney’s unifying and positive influence even in death. They are also starting to look ahead to who will replace such a dynamic leader. Mr Horner said the level of media attention was “incredible”. “It was a real tribute to Bishop Michael’s standing ... Read More »

Adult nightclub ignored at the peril of Toowoomba

DESPITE the best efforts of Jenny Goodwin and others, including many in Toowoomba’s business community, an adult nightclub has recently opened in the city’s main street. The Vault on Ruthven received its adult entertainment licence after months of legal battles in early March and opened its doors on March 26. Mrs Goodwin, a member of Toowoomba’s Catholic community, said among ... Read More »

An inspirational man

By Paul Dobbyn WHETHER from Pope Francis, Australia’s Governor General Peter Cosgrove or Bishop Michael Putney’s many friends and colleagues, praise for his life and ministry was clear and powerful. At the Vigil and Sharing of Memories which packed Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday April 6, Apostolic nuncio Archbishop Paul Gallagher, recently appointed diocesan administrator Fr Mick Lowcock and Bishop ... Read More »

People’s bishop farewelled

By Paul Dobbyn HEARTFELT tributes from fellow clergy and co-ecumenists, a sister’s affectionate recall of a loving family member, a police-escorted motorcade to his final resting place in the Sacred Heart Cathedral  – Townsville’s farewell to Bishop Michael Putney powerfully portrayed the impact of his multi-faceted life. Townsville’s fifth bishop, known by many as the “People’s bishop”, had loved his ... Read More »

Dancers aiming for G20 goal

By Paul Dobbyn A PERFORMANCE spot at the G20 in Brisbane and Cairns later this year is the latest goal for a group of Mount St Bernard College dance students. The seven students were recently accepted into the Bangarra Rekindling Dance Program. Herberton’s Mount St Bernard’s College was the smallest secondary school to audition for a place in the dance ... Read More »

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 »

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