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Good Samaritan Sisters to leave Charters Towers in north Queensland after 117 years

Good Samaritan Sisters in Charters Towers

CHARTERS Towers’ remaining Good Samaritan Sisters will close their convent doors at the end of the month after 117 years of service. The sisters will withdraw from the Charters Towers community from May 28. Sr Ita Stout, Sr Marion Firth and Sr Patricia Comerford, who have served the Townsville diocese for 55 years collectively, are the last of the Good Samaritans ... Read More »

Priest who looked after Townsville for three years Fr Mick Lowcock honoured at ordination of new bishop

Fr Mick Lowcock

HOLIDAYS are in order for Townsville’s stand-in leader for the past three years, Mount Isa parish priest Fr Mick Lowcock. In 2014, Fr Lowcock took up the challenge to lead Townsville when he was appointed diocesan administrator following the death of Bishop Michael Putney. His task of providing leadership when the diocese was without a bishop for more than three ... Read More »

Rockhampton Bishop shares experience of Cyclone Debbie damage

Rockhampton houses surrounded by floodwaters

ON Wednesday, April 19 I travelled to Mackay and saw for myself the extensive damage to the land and to the people from the effects of Cyclone Debbie. I visited communities with Fr Don White, the parish priest of South Mackay and including Sarina, Koumala and Carmila. Our first stop was to survey the damage caused by the excess water ... Read More »

Community in Lismore helps Trinity Catholic College in wake of floods

Lismore floods

TRINITY Catholic College principal Marist Brother John Hilet has praised the college community for the spirit it showed in the wake of Lismore’s devastating floods earlier this month. Br Hilet said torrential rain at the start of April from the remnants of Cyclone Debbie produced floodwaters that topped Lismore’s levee bank for the first since it was built 12 years ... Read More »

Rockhampton bishop speaks out after coral reef pummelled by Cyclone Debbie

Coral reef damage

DAMAGE to the Great Barrier Reef in the wake of Cyclone Debbie has prompted one of Queensland’s bishops to renew a call for greater environmental protection. “Speaking as a former industrial chemist, I note that there has been tremendous damage done to the reef by the run-off of waters and untreated effluent contained by our industries,” Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy said. ... Read More »

Meet the hairdressers aiming to give 1000 free haircuts to the homeless this year

Hairdressers offering cuts for homeless

TWO hairdressers in Brisbane’s north are taking their scissors to the streets, offering free haircuts to the homeless. Working out of a mobile van, Danielle Hannah and Teresa Reed, of Jack Reed Barber Shop, Scarborough, have set themselves a mission of giving 1000 free haircuts by the end of this year. “Fresh hair and a shave can feel like a fresh ... Read More »

Much-loved priest Fr John Newman mourned by Cairns Catholic community

Fr John Newman

THE Cairns Catholic community has mourned the loss of well-known and much-loved priest Fr John Newman. Fr Newman had served the diocese for more than 50 years in priestly ministry. His long standing commitment to his many chaplaincy appointments saw him heavily involved as chaplain to both Calvary and Cairns Base hospitals, director of both Catholic Mission and Vocations, St ... Read More »

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