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Tributes flow for bishop

TOWNSVILLE’S late Bishop Michael Putney has been described as “a giant of a man with a heart capable of loving without making any distinctions between colour, race, creed or religious affiliation”. The tribute from Port Moresby Archbishop John Ribat has been one of many continuing to flow into the diocesan office in the days and weeks after the much-loved bishop’s ... Read More »

Isa youth heed WYD challenge

Mount Isa’s Mary Wright was inspired to develop youth leaders after accompanying a group of pilgrims to World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011. Here she talks about a retreat to achieve this goal. IN the middle of the streets of Madrid in 2011, 17 pilgrims from Mount Isa joined in with the deafening shouts around us “Esta es la ... Read More »

Head start in health careers

GLADSTONE’S Chanel College students seeking careers in the health industry now have a head start thanks to an alliance between the college and Mercy Health and Aged Care, Central Queensland. This follows the launch of a new career support program. Initially available to all Year 9 students at the college, different aspects of the program will later be rolled out ... Read More »

Lucky escape

By Paul Dobbyn NORTHERN Queensland dioceses “dodged a bullet“ as Cyclone Ita crossed the coast on April 11 causing little damage to churches, schools and other properties. Cairns diocesan project services manager Shane Watson captured the sense of anticlimax and relief through northern parishes in the wake of the potentially devastating cyclone. “We’ve dodged a bullet, so to speak, with ... Read More »

Deluge follows Roma day of prayer for rain

By Paul Dobbyn THE faithful around Roma are impressed by the power of prayer to summon rain, according to parish priest Fr Jamie Collins. “Everywhere I go, people are commenting about the Day of Prayer for Rain, and how appreciative they were that the churches in town could come together to pray under such circumstances,” he said. “On Ash Wednesday, ... Read More »

Cooktown counting their blessings after Cyclone Ita

By Paul Dobbyn BRANCHES broken by the fury of Cyclone Ita have been used in Cooktown’s St Mary’s Church to celebrate a Palm Sunday prayer service with a difference. Pastoral leader Mercy Sister Irene Masterson said gratitude was the predominant mood during a “beautiful prayer service” attended by about a dozen parishioners. “We used foliage broken by the high winds ... Read More »

‘Please pray for us’


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 »

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