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Catholic schools and parishioners seek cover as Cyclone Debbie belts north Queensland

Cyclone Debbie

  UPDATE: 12:00pm Hope alive despite Cyclone Debbie’s destruction NORTH Queensland priest Fr Jose Koyickal drove through the debris strewn streets of Proserpine to visit parishioners this morning. Despite the flooding and the property damage, Fr Koyichal said people in Proserpine remain “hopeful” in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, now a downgraded to a tropical low. “We can rebuild our lives, ... Read More »

Fr Ken Howell asks for prayers as he prepares to become a bishop

THERE must be something in the Gold Coast waters with the city’s second priest – Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell – being named a bishop for Queensland. Fr Howell was named the seventh auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane yesterday (March 28), and will serve alongside Archbishop Mark Coleridge from his episcopal ordination on June 14. The 59-year-old, who has looked ... Read More »

Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell named auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane

Fr Kenneth Howell

POPE Francis has appointed Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell as an auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane. Bishop-elect Howell will serve alongside Archbishop Mark Coleridge in the Brisbane archdiocese, where he has been a priest for 34 years. Following his appointment, Bishop-elect Howell said the opportunity to serve as auxiliary Bishop of his home city was “both a joy and ... Read More »

Columban missionary backs bishops against nuclear industry after harrowing visit to Fukushima clean-up

Fukushima evacuee

A COLUMBAN missionary has witnessed a massive contamination clean-up in the Japanese region surrounding Fukushima, where a 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear power plant meltdown. Fr Paul McCartin, recently visited the Fukushima region, six years after the nuclear disaster, and ahead of a government evacuation order being lifted at the end of this month, which will allow people ... Read More »

Bundaberg farmers thank God for first drops of rain in three months

Carol Wallace at her farm

IN drought-stricken Childers, the Catholic faithful have been praying for rain – and it’s working. Each Monday afternoon for the past five weeks, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate Father Sunny Mathew has joined his parishioners in prayer in the town’s Sacred Heart Church. On March 14, substantial rain fell for the first time in three months – drenching farms and cattle ... Read More »

Love and mercy lighting the way for Fr Grace

“DELIGHTED” was the way Fr Michael Grace described his attitude as he continues pastoral leadership on Brisbane’s northside following the amalgamation of Wilston and Gordon Park parishes into the newly named Good Samaritan Parish. After five years as an associate pastor in other parts of the diocese, in 2014, Fr Grace was appointed administrator of the then separate parishes of ... Read More »

Jesuit Father John Reilly remembered as a dedicated spiritual father, retreat director

Fr John Reilly

AUSTRALIA’S longest-serving Jesuit superior who directed silent retreats for hundreds of priests, religious and lay Catholics, Fr John Reilly, has been remembered as a dedicated spiritual father at his funeral at St Ignatius Church, Toowong today. Fr Reilly, who was the former superior to the Jesuits in Brisbane for 12 years, died peacefully on March 15 aged 88. He leaves ... Read More »

Brisbane priest ‘grateful to God’ for support that led to removal of ‘gay panic’ defence

Fr Paul Kelly

A GOLD Coast priest has a sense of “gratitude, relief and exhaustion” after a five-year long campaign that led to the scrapping of a Queensland law that allowed “gay panic” as a partial defence for murder. Surfers Paradise associate pastor Fr Paul Kelly “never doubted” he was fighting for a just cause – the Christian principle of absolute respect for human ... Read More »