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The power of one faith

WAITING to see whether her critically ill father would survive his heart bypass operation at Redcliffe Hospital in February 2011, Antonia Pizzey drew strength from his teaching about God’s love and grace. Halfway through a doctorate in theology at Australian Catholic University, the 25-year-old certainly had intelligence, but now it was knowledge of the heart she was experiencing and drawing ... Read More »

Go to confession, don’t wait, pope urges

IF you haven’t been to confession recently, don’t wait, Pope Francis told people at his weekly general audience. One may walk into the confessional with a heavy heart, but forgiveness brings freedom and lightness. “If a lot of time has passed, don’t lose even one more day. Go,” the pope said  on February1 9, promising that “the priest will be ... Read More »

ACU expanding into city

BRISBANE’S Australian Catholic University’s expansion into an inner-city facility for postgraduate events is among reasons for an ongoing sense of optimism at one of Queensland’s fastest growing university campuses. ACU Brisbane associate vice-chancellor Professor Jim Nyland said the facility, occupying an entire floor of Cathedral House in the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct, was “an exciting initiative which had already captured ... Read More »

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 »

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