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North Queensland in recovery mode after major flood damage

Sr Nina Barra in Ingham

NORTH Queensland is recovering after major flooding cut roads, closed Catholic schools and caused major property damage. Hardest hit was the town of Ingham, where a muddy clean-up of homes and businesses was underway after floodwaters swept through town, with authorities issuing a warning about crocodiles and snakes. “We’re cut off north, east and west still, but the centre of ... Read More »

New chapter at St Vincent’s Tooowoomba with opening of $30 million theatre complex

St Vincent's hospital blessing

THE opening of the Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite on February 21 heralded a new chapter in the 96-year history of St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Toowoomba. The $30 million theatre complex, which added six new state-of-the-art operating theatres including a cutting-edge hybrid theatre, a new kitchen and a new main reception area for the hospital has been completed under budget ... Read More »

‘Fantastic’ rain brings relief to several communities up north

flooding in Mt Isa

TRAFFIC is not a word Corena Powers uses much in Mount Isa. But that’s what graced the Good Shepherd parish secretary’s morning school drop-off just days after what was the heaviest rainfall through the north-west Queensland city in years. Flooding of the Leichhardt River shut down two of Mount Isa’s bridges, forcing all traffic to and from the city to ... Read More »

Cairns didge players to perform at the Commonwealth Games

Didgeridoo players Mathew Ederer and Keane Ryan

THE tyranny of distance could well have cruelled the opportunity of a lifetime for two indigenous boys from Herberton to perform in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April. However, the performance aspirations of the senior students from Mount St Bernard College have been thrown a lifeline by a friend and former colleague of ... Read More »

Queensland farming communities “nothing short of desperate” for rain

outback sunset

CATHOLICS in outback Queensland are praying for drought-breaking rain, as graziers are forced to sell off their cattle. “Desperate. Nothing short of desperate,” Blackall stock agent Jeremy Barron said, describing the plight of farming communities that have endured up to six failed “wet” seasons. “It’s at that stage where no one’s got an answer. “It’s not only the properties, it’s ... Read More »

Young Townsville man answers call to serve North Queensland

William Brennan with parents Paul and Monica

YOUNG Townsville man William Brennan has entered the priesthood at a time when the Catholic Church and priests are under more scrutiny than ever. Mr Brennan entered Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo recently to begin his formation to become a priest for Townsville diocese. The young seminarian, who spent most of his childhood in Charters Towers, said he was almost ... Read More »

Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan impressed by services in Port Macquarie

Fr Frank Brennan in Port Macquarie

CENTACARE staff in Port Macquarie met with the head of Catholic Social Services Australia recently to discuss the impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. CSSA chief executive officer Jesuit Father Frank Brennan visited Port Macquarie for the discussions and toured facilities in Port Macquarie and Kempsey. Centacare general manager Tony Davies said part of the reason for Fr Brennan’s ... Read More »

Mater Dei teachers set for quadruple ‘double trouble’

Four sets of twins from Mater Dei primary

HUNDREDS of students across the Toowoomba diocese waved goodbye to their mums and dads to head off to school for the first time early this year. One of Toowoomba’s Catholic schools – Mater Dei Primary School – witnessed this in a special way. It welcomed four sets of twins among its 75 Prep students. Mater Dei principal Chris Bartlett said ... Read More »

Cairns Bishop critique’s writer’s claims in newspaper column

Bishop James Foley

This is an edited version of Bishop James Foley’s response to Herald Sun columnist Susie O’Brien’s work ‘Catholic Church must change’, printed in The Cairns Post on December 20. I have been Bishop in Cairns for more than 25 years and in that time many changes and safeguards have been implemented; with child protection officers in place in every Catholic ... Read More »

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