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Rosary beads made for third world

Rosary beads made for third world

HANDMADE Rosary beads made by the Universal Rosary Bouquet will soon be distributed to third world countries and primary schools in Queensland thanks to a new merger with Catholic Mission. Brisbane’s Universal Rosary Bouquet co-ordinator Gail Shorthouse recently met with Catholic Mission Brisbane’s director David McGovern to discuss sending Rosary beads to Mongolia, the focus of Catholic Mission’s World Mission ... Read More »

Archdiocese pays tribute to Faith and Life director for 23 years of dedication

Archdiocese pays tribute to Faith and Life director for 23 years of dedication

STAFF from Brisbane archdiocesan departments and services took time out last week to farewell long-serving Faith and Life executive director Geoff Gowdie. Vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely said the gathering at the Francis Rush Centre was a chance to honour Mr Gowdie’s 23 years’ work in the archdiocese. “Geoff has figured prominently in the life of the archdiocese in all ... Read More »

Royal Commission turns its attention to Brisbane

Royal Commission turns its attention to Brisbane

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will turn its attention to the Catholic Church from next week, starting with a Brisbane case study. In a pastoral letter to priests and parishioners Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the hearing would look at specific historical case studies that occurred in Catholic Church institutions from the late 1960s to ... Read More »

St Brigid’s icon caps Nerang work

St Brigid’s icon caps Nerang work

THE final “piece” in the refurbish-ment of the Blessed Sacrament Prayer Chapel at St Brigid’s Church, Nerang, has been blessed and installed. Nerang parish priest Fr Rafal Rucinski blessed an icon of St Brigid of Ireland during Mass on November 17. He said the icon, along with new security features, completed the refurbishment. The chapel is available 24 hours each ... Read More »

Sr Angela Mary inspires a million-dollar hospital gift

Sr Angela Mary inspires a million-dollar hospital gift

MERCY Sister Angela Mary Doyle’s work at Mater hospitals in Brisbane was the catalyst behind a Gold Coast businessman’s million-dollar donation. Terry Jackman, a former Tourism Queens-land chairman who formed Pacific Cinemas in 1989, presented Mater Foundation with the donation to set up a fund in honour of Sr Angela Mary. Sr Angela Mary was administrator of Mat-er hospitals for ... Read More »

Caritas helping change lives in Nepal

Caritas helping change lives in Nepal

“NAMASTE” is a Nepalese greeting Caritas diocesan director for Brisbane Joe Foley will never forget. He heard it a lot on his recent inspection of Caritas projects in Nepal. “It was the first thing that struck me,” Mr Foley said. “People there greeted each other not the way we sometimes do without any thought. Rather it was with a deliberate ... Read More »

Asbestos disease sufferers united in prayer

Asbestos disease sufferers united in prayer

SUFFERERS of asbestos-related disease came together recently for their 21st annual ecumenical service. About 160 disease sufferers, their families and friends were at the service in St Stephen’s Cathedral on November 29. Associate pastor Fr Michael Grace celebrated the service with assistance from the St John’s Anglican Cathedral dean Dr Peter Catt and Albert St Uniting Church superintendent minister Reverend ... Read More »

Joy for Brisbane

Joy for Brisbane

THEIR journeys may have taken them on different paths, but both Fr Neville Yun and Fr Stephen Gronow have arrived at the same destination. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained Fr Yun a priest for  Brisbane archdiocese and Fr Gronow for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross on Friday, November 29. Archbishop Coleridge told the candidates the ... Read More »

Here I am, Lord…

Here I am, Lord…

By Robin Williams PRIESTLY vocations are alive and well in Brisbane archdiocese with more young men answering the call the serve Jesus and his Church. The recent ordination of four deacons brings the total number of 2013 ordinations to 10, a number Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary rector Monsignor Tony Randazzo said had not been seen in 25 years. Seminarians Chukwudi ... Read More »

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