Monday, April 24, 2017
Username Password

Carmel Cole celebrated for 50 years of church organ playing

Carmel Cole celebrated for 50 years of church organ playing

CARMEL Cole never expected any reward for 50 years of service playing the church organ. However, the 77-year-old organist was honoured at a Mass and community celebration at The Fort with Brisbane’s Passionist Community last Sunday. And to top it off she received the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, known in English as the Cross of Honour, from Pope Francis. ... Read More »

Madonna King’s book Being 14 discusses challenges for teenage girls

Madonna King’s book Being 14 discusses challenges for teenage girls

THE world of 14-year-old girls has been detailed by a well-known Brisbane journalist who says “expectation inflation” is placing serious pressure on young women. Madonna King, who is a mother of two Catholic school girls in Brisbane, has written Being 14 – a book based on interviews of almost 200 14-year-old girls across the country. Ms King also spoke with ... Read More »

Parramatta bishop urges Australia to do more for refugees and asylum seekers during Brisbane trip

Parramatta bishop urges Australia to do more for refugees and asylum seekers during Brisbane trip

AUSTRALIA can and should do more to help refugees and asylum seekers, the Catholic bishops’ delegate on those concerns Bishop Vincent Long said. Bishop Long made that clear during a recent meeting in Brisbane with refugee families from Syria and Iraq and their supporters. He was taking questions during the gathering in St Joseph’s Church, Bracken Ridge, when one of ... Read More »

Numbers of people praying outside Brisbane abortion clinic in Lent on the rise

Numbers of people praying outside Brisbane abortion clinic in Lent on the rise

MORE pro-life advocates are choosing to give up an hour or more a week to pray outside Australia’s largest abortion provider as their Lenten fast. For nine years Brisbane Catholic parents Brendan and Judy Wong have co-ordinated 40 Days for Life, a campaign that invites people to pray non-stop outside the Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Bowen Hills during Lent. ... Read More »

Fr Ken Howell asks for prayers as he prepares to become a bishop

Fr Ken Howell asks for prayers as he prepares to become a bishop

THERE must be something in the Gold Coast waters with the city’s second priest – Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell – being named a bishop for Queensland. Fr Howell was named the seventh auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane yesterday (March 28), and will serve alongside Archbishop Mark Coleridge from his episcopal ordination on June 14. The 59-year-old, who has looked ... Read More »

Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell named auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane

Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell named auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane

POPE Francis has appointed Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell as an auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane. Bishop-elect Howell will serve alongside Archbishop Mark Coleridge in the Brisbane archdiocese, where he has been a priest for 34 years. Following his appointment, Bishop-elect Howell said the opportunity to serve as auxiliary Bishop of his home city was “both a joy and ... Read More »

Love and mercy lighting the way for Fr Grace

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 »

Brisbane priest ‘grateful to God’ for support that led to removal of ‘gay panic’ defence

Brisbane priest ‘grateful to God’ for support that led to removal of ‘gay panic’ defence

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 »