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Immersion experience takes students to heart of Australia

The Cathedral College, Rockhampton in Central Australia

CATHOLIC Mission and The Cathedral College, Rockhampton, have teamed up to create an immersion experience for students that took them to the heart of Australia. TCC youth ministry co-ordinator Maddie Derepas said nine students and two teachers experienced life in the remote communities of Central Australia. “Being our first immersion trip we wanted our students to have a sense of ... Read More »

Capuchin Friars’ new provincial minister takes up position in Sydney

Fr Gerard O'Dempsey

QUEENSLANDER Fr Gerard O’Dempsey says it is “breathtaking” to be elected leader of the Australian province of the Capuchin Friars for the next three years. “It’s a great responsibility and I hope I can live up to what the friars expect of me,” Fr O’Dempsey said as he packed his single suitcase and many boxes of books for his move ... Read More »

Fees in some Queensland Catholic schools to rise because of Gonski plan

students writing

PARENTS of students at some Queensland Catholic schools are bracing for fee increases of almost 10 per cent next year – a direct result of the new Federal Government funding changes to schools. About 30 Catholic schools run by religious institutes and incorporated bodies are the hardest hit because they are considered “over-funded” under the Government’s new Gonski 2.0 model. ... Read More »

Meet the winners of the 2017 Community Leader Awards

Community Leader Award winners

  HOMELESS people across the Sunshine Coast will have a new reason to cheer for their biggest supporter, Nambour Catholic woman Annette Baker. The Nambour parishioner and member of the St Vincent de Paul Society for 17 years was named Community Leader of the Year in Brisbane last week. Mrs Baker received the award for her contribution to Vinnies in ... Read More »

Broken Bay Bishop says Victoria should pay attention to NSW parliament’s decision on euthansia

fight against euthanasia

EUTHANASIA and assisted suicide are national issues being played out state-by-state, according to Broken Bay Bishop Peter Comensoli. Bishop Comensoli has applauded the narrow defeat of a voluntary assisted dying bill in New South Wales during a late-night sitting of parliament on November 18, but warned of the prospect of legislation in other states. He made the comment before Victorian ... Read More »

Johnathan Thurston offers Catholic priest free air travel to say Mass for remote Aboriginal community

Johnathan Thurston

NORTH Queensland rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston is playing his part to keep the Catholic faith alive in the heart of Cowboys country. The Queensland nominee for Australian of the Year, who co-owns Skytrans Aviation, has allowed a Catholic priest free air travel to the remote Aboriginal township of Coen during the wet season so he can conduct Mass. “I’m ... Read More »

New chapel dedicated to St Teresa of Calcutta to be built in Brisbane

Catholics gather around Mother Teresa statue at Marian Valley

MOTHER Teresa longed to be at the feet of the crucified Christ and that is exactly where a group of Brisbane Catholics have put the Albanian saint. A life-like statue of St Teresa of Kolkata, which shows how the saint prayed before the Blessed Sacrament, now sits at the foot of the crucifix in Marian Valley, a shrine operated by ... Read More »

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