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Brisbane mum Betty Howell ‘very proud’ of her bishop son

Betty Howell

BISHOP Kenneth Michael Howell was a teenager when he felt the call to the priesthood. The person who probably prayed for him the most is his mother Betty Howell, one of the few people who will be excused from addressing her son as “Bishop”. “When I call him ‘Father’, he always says, ‘Yes, Mother’,” Mrs Howell said. “It’s going to ... Read More »

Bishop Ken Howell ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane Archdiocese

IN rain-drenched central Brisbane, and amongst “joyful family and friends”, Bishop Ken Howell has been ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Brisbane at a packed St Stephen’s Cathedral. Bishops, archbishops and vicars general, parishioners and friends from around Australia attended the episcopal ordination for the locally born priest who until recently ran the country’s largest Catholic parish ... Read More »

Ex-truckie supporting two brothers with Huntington’s Disease brought to tears after watching Pope Francis’ audience with HD sufferers

Peter O'Leary

ROLLING down the highways of western Queensland, former truckie Peter O’Leary could well have had the hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother blaring out on his radio and he would’ve sung along with gusto. Today, that same song could well be his anthem. The difference is that he’s not singing it but living it. Two of his brothers have ... Read More »

Queensland-born Columban Father Warren Kinne on being a priest in communist China

Chinese parishioners

COLUMBAN Father Warren Kinne knows first hand the art of “playing the game”. For two decades, Fr Kinne, 71, born and bred in Bundaberg, Queensland, was a missionary in communist China, learning to tread lightly, sometimes testing the boundaries of authority and control, and eventually watching his mission flourish in unimagined ways. Now returned to Australia, with a new mission ... Read More »

Rotting rats and Reconciliation

Confessional

JUST after 11pm, we heard a snap, a crunch and a few feeble squeaks. I looked at my housemate, whose face was white. “Was that?” I whispered. She nodded, looking faintly ill. Both of us are vegetarians and despite being on excellent terms with most of the Australian wildlife that wanders through our backyard – we’re not huge fans of ... Read More »

Sacred Heart Church bears the scars of history for centenary celebrations

Fr Peter Brannelly inside Sacred Heart Church

CATHOLICS in Rosalie are preparing to mark 100 years since the laying of the foundation stone of their Romanesque church that was nearly destroyed by fire. In June 1917 Archbishop James Duhig laid the foundation stone of Sacred Heart Church, Rosalie, which was later opened on June 16, 1918, by Archbishop Bartolomeo Cattaneo, who was the apostolic delegate for Pope ... Read More »

Faith of parents in Communist China led to Rochedale parish priest’s vocation

Fr Baiyi Gong

CHINESE priest Fr Baiyi Gong may not have become Rochedale’s new pastor if China’s Communist Party hadn’t closed the seminary where his father was training to be a priest. Originally from the Hubei province, Fr Gong is from a village where about 80 per cent of the population is Catholic. Belgian Franciscan Friars brought the faith into Hubei province, which ... Read More »

Eastern Christians living in Brisbane unite to honour Mary and pray for peace in the Middle East

Marian procession

CHRISTIANS from four Eastern churches in Brisbane united in a rare pilgrimage to offer prayers for peace in the Middle East and Egypt. Catholics from the Maronite, Melkite and Syriac rites and Christians from the Brisbane Greek Orthodox Church community gathered at Marian Valley, Canungra, last week for a procession to honour Our Lady. Members from all four churches processed through ... Read More »

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