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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 »

Australia’s first saint a source of inspiration for struggling families

Sister Marie Dowling

FAMILIES struggling to put food on the table could find hope from the life of Australia’s first saint, St Mary of the Cross. While the Fitzroy-born saint is well known for her battles against the hierarchical Church, Josephite Sister Marie Dowling believes the path to sainthood was seen in her unhappy family life. “I think the seeds of sainthood were ... Read More »

Northern Australia’s first missionary priest remembered 170 years later

Fr Angelo Confalonieri

AT the long-abandoned British settlement in Northern Australia, a crumbling grave vault marks the resting place of an extraordinary pioneering Catholic missionary. The largely forgotten story of Father Angelo Confalonieri has come alive, after the Consulate of Italy for Queensland and the Northern Territory and the Diocese of Darwin hosted a symposium on July 12 to commemorate his life, and, ... Read More »

Catholic kindergarten making Jesus known to children turns 50

Canossa Kindy staff, mum and children

A CATHOLIC kindergarten in Brisbane that has “given God” to children from the past three generations has turned 50. Canossa Kindy was opened by the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Brisbane in 1967, and has since taught hundreds of children from the Coorparoo area and beyond. Some of the children who are enrolled at the kindy are grandchildren or children ... Read More »

Catholics leave comforts behind to roam city streets proclaiming the Gospel

Neocatechumenal Way evangelisation missions

FOR 10 days, Brisbane Catholic Stephen Kearney put his IT job on hold to tread the winter streets of Sydney’s inner west, announcing the Gospel. He took no money or mobile phone, only the Bible and rosary beads, and walked with a companion, a priest from Perth, visiting Catholic parishes, talking with priests and parishioners and anyone he met, knocking ... Read More »

Lay Catholic says Adani coalmine project ‘makes no sense’ in light of Church teaching

Peter Arndt at coalmine protest

GRANDPARENTS, mothers of children in strollers and Church advocates were amongst scores of anti-coalmine protesters that forced the front doors to close at Brisbane’s main branch of the Commonwealth Bank on July 27. The protesters crowded the footpath outside the bank’s Queen Street headquarters, calling for an end to the proposed $16.5 billion Adani mega-coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. “We ... Read More »

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