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Centacare Cairns director Anita Vetivers named one of Queensland’s most influential women in community services

Centacare Cairns director Anita Vetivers named one of Queensland’s most influential women in community services

COMMUNITY services sector expert Anita Veivers has put Cairns on the map after being named one of Queensland’s most influential women in the field. The Centacare Cairns executive director is one of five Queensland women leading the community services industry who will be profiled in a blog with the Community Services Industry Alliance. She is one of two people working ... Read More »

Our Lady of the Southern Cross College on Dalby’s Australia Day list

Our Lady of the Southern Cross College on Dalby’s Australia Day list

OUR Lady of the Southern Cross College staff and students figured prominently in Dalby’s Australia Day awards. A teacher and two students won awards. Katherine Black, a teacher at the college since 2009, won the Senior Sports Coach Award for her achievements in women’s cricket. She has coached the Queensland Country women’s cricket team in 2015 and 2016, with the ... Read More »

Townsville diocese prays for PNG’s first cardinal at welcome Mass

Townsville diocese prays for PNG’s first cardinal at welcome Mass

DURING the welcome Mass for Cardinal John Ribat late last year, many people spoke kindly of the shepherd who was now the first cardinal to be appointed from Papua New Guinea. Apostolic nuncio for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal said: “We are here to share our joy and express our gratitude to God for ... Read More »

Lismore’s faithful are united in prayer for the ordination of their new bishop next month

Lismore’s faithful are united in prayer for the ordination of their new bishop next month

LISMORE diocese is united in prayer for its new bishop Carmelite Father Gregory Homeming in the lead-up to his episcopal ordination on February 22. Pope Francis appointed Fr Homeming as the sixth Bishop of Lismore and accepted the resignation of Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett on December 20. Fr Homeming’s episcopal ordination will be held in St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, at 7pm ... Read More »

New Innisfail school principal ready to make history serving Indigenous students

New Innisfail school principal ready to make history serving Indigenous students

BRISBANE teacher Majella Ritchie never imagined landing a job as a school principal before turning 50. After just one year as a Year 2 and 3 teacher at Radiant Life College, Innisfail, Ms Ritchie was offered the job to lead the school as principal, starting last week. At just 24 and only four years out from university, the Innisfail parishioner ... Read More »

Faith more important than makeup to these Catholic girls

Faith more important than makeup to these Catholic girls

IT’S not all about make-up and trendy clothes. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Young ladies in St Joseph’s Parish, Stanthorpe, in Toowoomba diocese, have collaborated to form a Catholic girls’ club for 10 to 17-year-olds. A group of girls began meeting in September as participants in the Girl Talk program, written by Brisbane Catholics Kym Keady and Chantale Wilson, ... Read More »

Warwick church saved by quick community response

Warwick church saved by quick community response

TOOWOOMBA’S bishop has praised the swift response of the community that saved a Warwick church after a lightning strike set it on fire. The fire that could have destroyed St Mary’s Church, Warwick, was started by a lightning strike that hit during a storm on January 2. Firefighters put the blaze out, saving the entire church from a disastrous ending. ... Read More »

Social justice group honours local singer for his community efforts

Social justice group honours local singer for his community efforts

TOOWOOMBA singer-songwriter Josh Arnold has won the diocese’s 2016 Social Justice Award. At the recent award presentation, the diocese’s Social Justice Commission executive officer Dr Mark Copland paid tribute to Mr Arnold for his work with the Walk Together Project. “The Walk Together Toowoomba Project, which was the brainchild of musician and community builder Josh Arnold, is something the whole ... Read More »

New education executive in Cairns helped establish education initiative on Nauru

New education executive in Cairns helped establish education initiative on Nauru

CAIRNS diocese’s Catholic Education Services new deputy executive director was involved in helping Australian Border Force with education needs on Nauru. CES has appointed Ian Davis deputy executive director to succeed Diarmuid O’Riordan, who resigned to become principal of St Edmund’s College, Ipswich. Mr Davis takes up his new role from January 16. In announcing Mr Davis’ appointment, CES executive ... Read More »