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Memories flood back at St Ursula’s College centenary

Memories flood back at St Ursula’s College centenary

ONE hundred years old and still bursting with spirit, the community of St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, finished its centenary weekend with the performance of a new college song on May 6. Australian composer Alice Chance conducted the 100 Voice Choir, made up of past and present students and staff, for the centenary event crowds at the college’s Ballygriffin Cultural Centre. ... Read More »

100 years of stories, stations and stone at St Joseph’s, Gunnedah

100 years of stories, stations and stone at St Joseph’s, Gunnedah

WHEN Gunnedah’s young men and women were leaving the battlefields of Europe in 1918, they came home to a newly appointed parish priest, a gentle Irishman named Fr Daniel Keane (pictured), working on the construction of a new church, St Joseph’s. Current parish priest Fr John McHugh said the church’s construction began in the final months of the First World ... Read More »

Toowoomba lay women make life-changing trip to the Philippines

Toowoomba lay women make life-changing trip to the Philippines

WOMEN from Toowoomba diocese have made a life-changing trip to the Philippines to make the lives of people better. Catherine McAleer; Helen Gillam, from St Mary’s School, Warwick; and Amy Davis, from St Patrick’s School, Mitchell, made the trip with the purpose of helping to set up a small school library for the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred ... Read More »

Mothers who tragically lost their sons bond over support group for grieving parents

Mothers who tragically lost their sons bond over support group for grieving parents

IT’S a standard question: “How many children do you have?” Sue Fleming and Nicolette Kloppers, who live in Stanthorpe, in Toowoomba diocese, are mothers who answer with certainty although it can be “an awkward question”. “People say, ‘How many kids have you got?’ and I always say, ‘I have four’,” Sue said. “I say their names and ages but then ... Read More »

Jasmine’s shooting for big success as hoop dreams become reality

Jasmine’s shooting for big success as hoop dreams become reality

JASMINE Manning has a great passion for basketball, shooting hoops whenever she gets a chance. Her hunger has paid off, with the Year 10 student at St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch Valley, picked to represent the state. “I’ve been selected to play for the women’s national league wheelchair basketball team, the Queensland Comets,” Jasmine said. She said she was excited ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop promises to continue and strengthen Church links with Papua New Guinea

Townsville Bishop promises to continue and strengthen Church links with Papua New Guinea

BISHOP Tim Harris has pledged to continue to deepen Townsville diocese’s relationship with Port Moresby archdiocese following a recent visit to the Papua New Guinea capital. In 2012, the late Bishop Michael Putney and the Archbishop of Port Moresby signed a significant and unique sister diocese agreement. The agreement allowed for the co-operation between the two dioceses in areas like ... Read More »

Former Rockhampton Catholic school student called to bench

Former Rockhampton Catholic school student called to bench

A PAST student of Rockhampton’s Emmaus College was recently appointed Central Queensland’s first born and bred Supreme Court Justice replacing outgoing Central Judge, Justice Duncan McMeekin. Justice McMeekin welcomed Graeme Crow as his successor at the Rockhampton Court House, witnessed by members of the Crown, the Bar and the Central Queensland Law Association. Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy also attended with ... Read More »

Papal honour for ‘Father D’ as Port Macquarie parish says farewell

Papal honour for ‘Father D’ as Port Macquarie parish says farewell

GRATITUDE and good-wishes flowed for retiring parish priest Fr Leo Donnelly, who was presented a major Papal Award by Lismore Bishop Greg Homeming at a Mass held at St Agnes’ Parish on March 23. The same Mass installed the new parish priest, Fr Paul Gooley. The Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (the Cross for the Church and Pontiff) was established ... Read More »

Irish priest who came to Australia by boat in 1953 turning 90

Irish priest who came to Australia by boat in 1953 turning 90

“THOUGH 12,000 miles (19,300km) may divide us my thoughts will constantly fly back to the old folks at home,” Fr Tom Keegan wrote in November 1953 aboard the ship Otranto while he was steaming out to Australia from his home in Ireland. Memories from Fr Keegan’s life came back to life as his friends and family prepared for his 90th ... Read More »

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