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Josephites return to Blackall for centenary celebrations

Josephites celebrate centenary

MEMBERS of the St Joseph’s Primary School community in Blackall celebrated the school’s 100th anniversary with a host of events on July 21-22. The Sisters of St Joseph started the school in 1917 when Blackall was still part of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. It became part of Rockhampton diocese in 1930. “The charism of the Josephites is very much a ... Read More »

Thousands say farewell to Rockhampton priest Fr Chris Schick

Farewell Father

ROCKHAMPTON priest Fr Chris Schick died, surrounded by his family at Yeppoon, on July 30 after a short battle with cancer. He was 59 years old. More than 1000 mourners gathered at his funeral at St Joseph’s Cathedral at Rockhampton on August 3 to pray and thank Fr Schick for his gifts to his communities. The crowd was so large ... Read More »

Casino students’ rocket up their with the nation’s best

Casino rocket

A ROCKET built by a group of students at St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino, has lifted the school to national success. The college is the national champion after winning the Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge at the finals held near Jimboomba, in south-east Queensland, on July 22. Principal Aaron Beach said St Mary’s beat 16 other finalists including previous winners Anglican ... Read More »

Agencies in Toowoomba help warm refugees this winter

coat rack campaign

CATHOLIC agencies and ministries in Toowoomba have joined a campaign to help migrants and refugees in the area keep warm during winter. Catholic Care Social Services, Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Support and Mercy Community Services partnered with Multicultural Development Australia (MDA Ltd) Toowoomba for the “Toowoomba Coat Rack” campaign. Winter can be a tough season for many people who are ... Read More »

Farming couple fight hard to keep miners including Adani off their land

Curries farmer

BRUCE and Annette Currie’s central Queensland cattle property Speculation is parched and drought-stricken, and cattle numbers have dwindled to about one-third but their greatest battle is with the mining industry. At the best of times their life as graziers is hard and isolated – two hours drive along the Capricorn Highway to the nearest church in Barcaldine. Like many dedicated ... Read More »

Townsville Mercy Sisters blessed with golden years

Mercy Sisters

THREE women religious from regional Queensland who entered the convent of the Mercy Sisters 50 years ago reunited to mark their golden jubilees. Mercy Sisters Carmel Ruddick, Cheryl Camp and Mary Lowcock were three of eight women who entered the Sisters of Mercy in early 1965. They came together to mark 50 years since they made their first professions on ... Read More »

Sr Carmel Arnold’s 21 years of service in Bowen comes to an end

Sr Carmel Arnold Returns to Townsville

AFTER more than 21 years of service to the Bowen community, Sister Carmel Arnold has been called back to Townsville. The last of the town’s Sisters of Mercy, Sr Arnold’s departure will bring to an end the 145-year presence of Sisters in the Bowen community. A Mass of Thanksgiving and farewell was celebrated by Bishop Tim Harris two weeks ago ... Read More »

Fr John Daly retires as parish priest of hometown Bundaberg

Fr John Daly

BOTH the Mass of Thanksgiving and the concert for Father John Daly’s retirement as parish priest of Bundaberg highlighted the traits of love and kindness, which this humble, non-judgemental man of God brought into the lives of all he knew. Despite heavy rain on the night, hundreds of parishioners gathered at Holy Rosary Church to thank Fr Daly for his ... Read More »

Fr Bernie Kenny leaves a mark of kindness and generosity in Lismore diocese

Fr Bernard Kenny

FATHER Bernard (Bernie) Kenny, who died on June 10 aged 86, was known as a notable preacher and for his ministry to the sick and aged. Fr Kenny had been living in Port Macquarie, and his funeral Mass was held at the city’s St Agnes’ Church on June 23. Lismore Bishop Gregory Homeming, priests of the diocese and visiting clergy ... Read More »

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