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Missionary priest serving in Queensland called into leadership

Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Father Joseph Thottankara

ONE of the first Indian priests from the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament to serve in Australia has been named a provincial superior for the order. Fr Joseph Thottankara, one of two India priests invited to serve in Toowoomba in the 1980s, is the new provincial superior for the Zion province in Kerala. As the new provincial superior, Fr ... Read More »

School funding shake-up could leave parents no choice but to leave the Catholic sector

Carmel Nash

CATHOLIC students may be forced into Queensland’s state school system if the Federal Government goes ahead with a 10-year plan to shake up funding for schools. Executive officer of the Queensland Catholic schools Federation of Parents’ and Friends’ Associations Carmel Nash expressed concern the shake-up could take away choices for families. “Parents are the end bearers of the cost,” Mrs ... Read More »

Brisbane priest shares anguish of families with ice addicts

Family conflict can drive a wedge between parents

THE drug ice has taken such a grip in Queensland that government and care agencies are swamped by demand for crisis intervention, treatment and support for the families of users including children, and the effects are being felt in parishes. A Queensland Government report has revealed one in every three children found to be in need of protection in 2016 ... Read More »

‘I’m the new kid on the block’: Bishop Tim Harris ordained for Townsville

Bishop and elders

TOWNSVILLE’S prayers to see a bishop in their midst after a three-year wait were answered at an historic ordination last week. The ordination and installation of Bishop Tim Harris, a former priest of Brisbane, was also the first episcopal ordination in Townsville in nearly 50 years. More than 2000 people attended the Ordination Mass of nearly three hours at Ryan ... Read More »

Expert says using super for home deposits will put young people behind

Using super for home deposit will put young people behind

WITHDRAWING from superannuation to pay a deposit on a home would take away up to 12 years of retirement savings, an industry expert has said. Australian Catholic Superannuation chief executive officer Greg Cantor, commenting on the recent debate about using super to pay for a home deposit, said that move would “significantly erode” the original intention of superannuation and impact ... Read More »

Legal aid staff claims ‘Fast Track’ assessment is putting people at risk

Fast Track assessment claims unfair

QUEENSLAND’S only two clinics offering free legal services for asylum seekers whose claims are being assessed in the Fast Track assessment say the process is unfair for refugees. Salvos Legal Humanitarian Asylum Seeker Clinic and Refugee and Immigration Legal Services are the only legal clinics in Queensland offering free assistance for asylum seekers being processed in the Fast Track cohort. ... Read More »

Gold Coast Vinnies raises Cornerstone of hope for city’s homeless

Vinnies Gold Coast homeless project

EACH night on the Gold Coast 1400 people are homeless. “The need is massive,” executive officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s South Coast diocesan council in Queensland Shane Klintworth said. “It’s a mixture of people who are couch surfing, living in overcrowded accommodation, or they may well be in a refuge or they could be sleeping rough.” Recent ... Read More »

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