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Church doors wide open

Francis Fernandes and Maria Stegmaier

Hundreds step into St Stepehn’s Cathedral to pray WAITING at a Brisbane city intersection, a seminarian approaches a young man and invites him to light a candle in the nearby Catholic Cathedral. Interested in the mission, but too busy to interrupt dinner plans, the young stranger politely declines, leaving Francis Fernandes on his own. Rejections continue at a high rate, ... Read More »

Strangers welcome in Cathedral

Grace Rutty and Amanda Schoenfelder

GERMANY’S most successful Catholic youth prayer event inviting strangers to pray in a church is headed for Brisbane next week. University student movement Freedom will host the first Nightfever, a Eucharistic adoration event inspired by the Collogne World Youth Day in 2005, at St Stephen’s Cathedral on August 21. Young people will walk through Brisbane city inviting complete strangers to ... Read More »

Challenging society a lifelong habit for young religious

By Emilie Ng YOUNG consecrated men and women have promised to take up Pope Francis’ challenge to “wake up the world” by educating the public on “authentic” religious life. Members of the Association for the Promotion of Religious Life, which include many young men and women religious from congregations across Australia, celebrated the Year of Consecrated Life with conferences in ... Read More »

Children giving Kira perspective

By Emilie Ng KIRA Seeley loves nothing more than taking one day off every month to be a kid again. The 25-year-old freight industry project co-ordinator has been a volunteer with the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state youth department for the past seven months as “buddy” to disadvantaged children. Buddies Day programs offer children aged eight to 12 ... Read More »

Steph’s Rome adventure

By Emilie Ng STEPHANIE Cross was standing in St Peter’s Square when she struck up a conversation with a man who loathed the Catholic Church. It was a typical scene for the 21-year-old who last week finished nine months of mission training at an international school based in Rome. “I explained what we did, and he said he was against ... Read More »

Dedicated to Christ’s way

Consecrated missionaries: Former National Evangelisation Teams members Sr Anastasia Reeves and Fr Michael Gallacher say their year on mission prepared them for religious life. Photos: Emilie Ng

By Emilie Ng VOLUNTEERING one year of life to evangelise young people set two former National Evangelisation Teams members up for a total commitment to God. Dominican Sister of St Cecilia Anastasia Reeves and Melbourne diocesan priest Fr Michael Gallacher both served with NET Australia in separate years and said their year of mission prepared them for a religious vocation. ... Read More »

Ministry alive in Kingaroy

Kingaroy youth mass

By Emilie Ng KINGAROY’S large Christian demographic has been missing a steady community for young Catholics, but last week’s first youth Mass changed history. For the past few months, parishioner and mother of four Suzanne Mungall has been working with young musicians and St Mary’s Kingaroy parish priest Fr Nigel Sequeira to hold the parish’s first youth Mass. The Mass, ... Read More »

Branching across the Tasman

Branching out: Real Talk New Zealand presenters Thomas Saywell and Briegé Koning presenting at Aquinas College earlier this year.

By Emilie Ng REAL Talk Australia will present the Christian view on sexuality in New Zealand schools permanently following full support from the Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton bishops. Managing director Paul Ninnes said the ministry was now a “long-term fixture” following several years presenting talks to New Zealand Catholic schools “periodically”. “We have invested in New Zealand and trained three ... Read More »

A heart for the poor

By Emilie Ng TRAVEL to any country where pontifical missionary society Catholic Mission operates and young Melbourne-born Catholic Lawrence Gigliotti could well be there. But instead of finding the program specialist in business meetings, chances are he’ll be standing with the poorest of the poor, helping to bring life and love to those struggling the most. In the past three ... Read More »

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