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Bishop asks for prayers at start of his ministry in Rockhampton diocese

Bishop asks for prayers at start of his ministry in Rockhampton diocese

By Emilie Ng ROCKHAMPTON diocese’s 10th bishop stepped out of St Joseph’s Cathedral feeling “absolutely terrific” after a tremendous welcome into his new diocese on May 29. Minutes after his ordination, Bishop McCarthy said he already felt “very much part of the Rockhampton diocese”. “It was a lovely celebration,” he said. “It’s great to be part of a new diocese.” Rockhampton’s ... Read More »

Brisbane priest now 10th Bishop of Rockhampton

Brisbane priest now 10th Bishop of Rockhampton

By Emilie Ng ROCKHAMPTON diocese welcomed a former Brisbane priest as its 10th bishop at an episcopal ordination Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral on Thursday, May 29. Bishop Michael McCarthy was ordained a bishop by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge as family, close friends and Catholics from throughout Brisbane, Rockhampton and parts of Australia watched on. Apostolic nuncio Archbishop Paul Gallagher and ... Read More »

Joyous leader

Joyous leader

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE has been the pastoral stepping stone for newly-ordained Bishop Michael McCarthy, who now looks to Rockhampton as the diocese where he could leave an even greater legacy. The 10th Bishop of Rockhampton stood before hundreds at St Joseph’s Cathedral on May 29 and with joy proclaimed himself “Michael, your Bishop”. The divine moment when he went from ... Read More »

New school in Mackay

New school in Mackay

By Paul Dobbyn A NEW school to be opened in Bucasia, North Mackay, next year will be called St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School. Rockhampton Catholic Education director Leesa Jeffcoat announced the name on May 7. Then diocesan administrator Fr John Grace chose the name after extensive community consultation. Miss Jeffcoat said this was exciting for Catholic education in Mackay where ... Read More »

Group still recovering from road accident

Group still recovering from road accident

By Peter Bugden A GROUP of parishioners from the Mackay deanery are still recovering from injuries sustained in a road accident on the way home from the Mass of the Oils, but they’re counting their blessings that no one was killed. Rockhampton diocesan administrator Fr John Grace, in his recent final message in the role, said “only the hand of God ... Read More »

Giving the people hope

Giving the people hope

By Paul Dobbyn ROCKHAMPTON’S Bishop-elect Michael McCarthy found the perfect position description for his new role while on retreat preparing to take the leadership reins. “The description of the bishop’s role was in Pope Francis’ exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel),” he said. “I read it while on retreat at Tarrawarra Abbey run by the Cistercians in Melbourne. “Pope ... Read More »

Ordination to be streamed on YouTube

Ordination to be streamed on YouTube

By PAUL DOBBYN THE ordination of Rockhampton’s tenth bishop Michael McCarthy will be live streamed from St Joseph’s Cathedral on Thursday. The celebrations will begin with evening prayer the night before of his episcopal ordination. Apostolic administrator Fr John Grace said this meant those unable to attend would be able to view the “once in a generation event” at home ... Read More »

Little troopers honoured with medals for efforts while dad was deployed

Little troopers honoured with medals for efforts while dad was deployed

JOSHUA and Lachlan Pleszkun are the sons of a soldier and memories of their dad’s fallen mate dominate their thoughts every Anzac Day. The boys recall setting off on a family holiday in 2008 when their father Chris, now a signals instructor at Cabarlah’s Borneo Barracks, near Toowoomba, received a terrible phone call. “It was when we were going camping,” ... Read More »

Lifesaving lessons help save Michael

Lifesaving lessons help save Michael

LITTLE did Michael Gregory know when he studied Marine Studies at St Augustine’s College, Cairns, that it would help save his life and the life of a neighbour. His parents’ friend Tony had taken Michael fishing but after their boat overturned they were stranded 60km off the coast of Innisfail with no land in sight and their mobile phones at ... Read More »

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