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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 »

Cathedral music director calling for first organ scholar at St Stephen’s

Ralph Morton Memorial Organi Scholarship launch event

MUSIC director at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral Dr Andrew Cichy is searching for his first organ scholar after launching a scholarship in memory of his predecessor, the late Dr Ralph Morton. The Ralph Morton Memorial Organ Scholarship, launched on the first anniversary of the former cathedral music director’s death, will offer a young organist a unique opportunity to develop their ... Read More »

The simple program that’s helping young Brisbane families buy their first home

Young family buys their first home

TRUST the Church to come up with a creative solution to help families drowning in an expensive housing market. Since 2008, a Catholic on Brisbane’s west who bequeathed her home to the Jubilee parish has helped three families save up for a deposit on a house. Known as the Head Start Program, the parish-based initiative offers young families the chance ... Read More »

#WDSD17: Read Olivia Hargroder’s speech at the UN Headquarters in New York for World Down Syndrome Day

Olivia Hargroder is a Year 12 student at Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough, Queensland. Olivia was born with Down Syndrome and was told by doctors that she would never learn to speak. A member of the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland, Olivia made her public speaking debut last year at a national education conference. She was recently invited to speak at ... Read More »

Family advocates say government’s support of childcare in Omnibus bill ‘competing’ with stay-at-home mothers

mother with children

FAMILY advocates believe plans to save $4 billion by scrapping family tax benefits shows the Australian government is only interested in “competing” with stay-at-home mothers. National Civic Council Queensland president and father of five Luke McCormack is against the controversial childcare and welfare omnibus bill, which calls for a complete cull of the Family Tax Benefit end of year supplements ... Read More »

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