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Bishop Michael Putney called home to God

Bishop Michael Putney called home to God

By Paul Dobbyn TOWNSVILLE’S Bishop Michael Putney, called home to his eternal reward in the early hours of Friday, March 28, had just a week earlier launched a book on his great passion – ecumenism. The 67-year-old bishop’s ministry will continue in other ways too. On the morning of his death, more than 140 parishioners from around Townsville diocese gathered ... Read More »

New leader congratulated

New leader congratulated

ROCKHAMPTON’S new Bishop-elect Michael McCarthy was to concelebrate Mass on the feast day of St Joseph’s Cathedral’s patron saint last Wednesday. Rockhampton’s 10th bishop, who will be installed on the morning of Thursday, May 29, has a long connection with the diocese. The diocese’s administrator Fr John Grace spoke of his delight at the appointment as did former Bishop Brian ... Read More »

Praying for rain

Praying for rain

By Paul Dobbyn ROMA’S parish priest Fr Jamie Collins has reason to believe in the power of prayer for rain. “The last time I organised a Day of Prayer for Rain was in 2009 when I was parish priest in St George,” he said. “A big storm came up through the afternoon that damaged the town clock and took the roof ... Read More »

Game on at St Mary’s

Game on at St Mary’s

GAME design is a new information technology elective for Year 9 students at St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino. School principal Aaron Beach said the new course, Information Technology – Game Design, was based on a NSW Board of Studies syllabus with the school’s Leader of Curriculum focusing it games and programming developing. It would also benefit students at the College ... Read More »

Rocky farewells Brother Mick

Rocky farewells Brother Mick

THE combined 261 years of Catholic education provided by the Mercy Sisters and Christian Brothers to Rockhampton was acknowledged in a farewell Mass for the last of the city’s Christian Brothers, Br Mick Bible. Diocesan administrator Fr John Grace in his homily at the farewell Mass said “this city has profited from their combined outreach in teaching at the Range ... Read More »

First man ordained in Townsville since 2006

First man ordained in Townsville since 2006

“VITALIS, don’t preach yourself; let others see Christ in you.” Townsville Bishop Michael Putney offered this advice to Deacon Vitalis Oguh at his ordination to the priesthood in a packed Sacred Heart Cathedral on February 6. His brother Fr Cyriacus Ogu, a priest in San Bernadino, California, attended his ordination together with his brother Magnus Ogu and sister Bertha Abaegbu. ... Read More »

Student’s life to change in 2014 with transplant

Student’s life to change in 2014 with transplant

NORTHERN New South Wales Year 8 student Ieyesha Roberts is entering the new school year with one of the greatest gifts imaginable – a new kidney. For the 13-year-old, the transplant means a new life, free of dialysis. Kempsey’s St Paul’s College and the wider community have raised more than $11,000 to help the teenager’s family with ongoing costs associated ... Read More »

Artist converts from secular graffiti to painting murals related to faith

Artist converts from secular graffiti to painting murals related to faith

GARTH Jankovic, of Townsville, has moved on from predominantly secular graffiti art to religiously-themed murals. “I want young people to look at my work and call it ‘mad’ but also to think it’s ‘deep’,” 39-year-old Garth said. Lately, he’s been led deeper into faith by a serious infection in his sinuses. “The infection has travelled and eroded into the bone ... Read More »

Hundreds join celebrations for Holy Rosary’s 125 years

Hundreds join celebrations for Holy Rosary’s 125 years

BUNDABERG’S imposing Holy Rosary Church recently turned 125, and more than 600 people joined in to celebrate. The celebrations over the weekend of November 23 and 24 started with an 8.30am Mass celebrated by priests including Bundaberg’s parish priest Fr John Daly, assistant Fr John Fitz-Herbert and diocesan administrator Fr John Grace. Mass was followed by a family day in ... Read More »

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