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Power in prayer

SOUTH Sudanese-born Zachria Akojom felt part of Brisbane’s Bracken Ridge parish when he arrived nine years ago. Now he and his wife Mary Baid have even more reason to feel a strong connection. For more than two weeks recently, the parishioners of St Joseph and St Anthony were praying for his friends feared drowned as they fled the violence near ... Read More »

Faith unites people of multiple nations

CULTURES merged at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank, at the parish’s first multicultural Mass of the year on February 2. The “cosmopolitan” parish brought together its finest selection of music, song and dance from cultures around the globe. Members of the African community processed down the church isle in traditional dance, bringing to the altar the joys and richness of ... Read More »

Fr Jose on uni ‘mission’

STUDY is not a new concept for Carmelite of Mary Immaculate Father Jose Thekkemuriyil. At 15, after just having completed Year 10 in his hometown in Kerala in the south of India, Fr Jose received a letter from a priest inviting him to join the CMIs. He accepted the invitation, and spent the next 14-and-a-half years in formation at the ... Read More »

Indian priests set to open Brisbane base

THE Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament will establish its first Australian mission house in Brisbane on February 23. The establishment of the Australian MCBS mission house would bring a greater unity among Queensland’s eight MCBS priests, two in Toowoomba and six in Brisbane. MCBS priest Fr Joseph Thottankara will also be installed into his new parish at Holland Park-Mt ... Read More »

Fresh hope for seminary

THREE young men from Brisbane started their first year in Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary “wide eyed with hopes and aspirations” last Sunday, February 9. Former lawyer Sebastian Condon, 24, international business manager Jack Ho, 29, and passionate youth worker Michael Tanuvasa Kelemete, 23, entered their first year as seminarians for the Brisbane archdiocese this year. They followed in the footsteps ... Read More »

iPads trial kicks off at Our Lady of Dolours

SMILES of excitement spread across the faces of Year 5 students on their first day back at Our Lady of Dolours School, Mitchelton. Waiting for each student as they entered the classroom was a brand new iPad Air, being distributed as part of the school’s one-to-one technology trial. Principal Patrick Davis said the trial formed part of the school’s bigger-picture ... Read More »

Beginning historic year

AN historic year has begun for Years 6 and 7 students who returned to Brisbane Catholic Education’s community of schools. For Year 6 students it will be their final year of primary schooling as the transition from Year 7 to secondary gathers pace. Meanwhile, for Year 7 students, some of whom were also the first cohort of Prep students in ... Read More »

Remembering Angus

WHEN Andrew Burke and Zara Weedon arrived at their new Lutwyche home in 2009 the world was at their feet. Both were doctors at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Zara was about to have their first child. Their love was strong and for the former Gregory Terrace and Lourdes Hill students, their faith was strong as well. Yet just over three ... Read More »

Vinnies alert on welfare

THE Federal Government has been challenged to look at “broadening its revenue base to ensure those at the top actually pay their fair share” as it looks at a review of welfare     payments. The St Vincent de Paul Society’s national council chief executive officer Dr John Falzon said “the Government needs to abandon an ideological fixation with taking from ... Read More »

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