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Bishop John Gerry, a generous soul gone but not forgotten

Bishop John Gerry

ONE of Brisbane’s most popular leaders and the “architect” of an archdiocesan social welfare arm, Bishop John Gerry, will be laid to rest on the 67th anniversary of his priesthood. Tributes have flowed for the retired Brisbane auxiliary bishop, who died on December 13 at Holy Spirit Northside Hospital, aged 90. Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend his funeral at St ... Read More »

Royal Commission’s final report urges major changes to child safety across Australia

Justice Peter McClellan delivers Royal Commission final report to Peter Cosgrove

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommends prioritising child safety across the nation, including strengthening national and state laws, changing the culture within churches and organisations and providing for compensation and treatment for abuse survivors. The Commission’s final report was released today, comprising 409 recommendations. Of those, 189 recommendations had not been made until today’s 17-volume ... Read More »

Bishop Ken Howell ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane Archdiocese

IN rain-drenched central Brisbane, and amongst “joyful family and friends”, Bishop Ken Howell has been ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Brisbane at a packed St Stephen’s Cathedral. Bishops, archbishops and vicars general, parishioners and friends from around Australia attended the episcopal ordination for the locally born priest who until recently ran the country’s largest Catholic parish ... Read More »

Fr Ken Howell asks for prayers as he prepares to become a bishop

THERE must be something in the Gold Coast waters with the city’s second priest – Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell – being named a bishop for Queensland. Fr Howell was named the seventh auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane yesterday (March 28), and will serve alongside Archbishop Mark Coleridge from his episcopal ordination on June 14. The 59-year-old, who has looked ... Read More »

Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell named auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane

Fr Kenneth Howell

POPE Francis has appointed Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell as an auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane. Bishop-elect Howell will serve alongside Archbishop Mark Coleridge in the Brisbane archdiocese, where he has been a priest for 34 years. Following his appointment, Bishop-elect Howell said the opportunity to serve as auxiliary Bishop of his home city was “both a joy and ... Read More »

New shepherd already listening to Townsville’s pastoral needs

TOWNSVILLE’S sixth bishop was sitting in his presbytery kitchen when he learnt his predecessor had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Over the kitchen table at the Clear Island Waters church presbytery in 2012, Bishop Michael Putney told the parish priest and one of his former students in the seminary Fr Tim Harris that he was dying of cancer. “I ... Read More »

Townsville Diocese thrilled with new shepherd

  AFTER nearly three years of waiting, the announcement of a new bishop has been warmly greeted across the vast Townsville Diocese. “We’re getting text messages and emails of excitement from all over the diocese,” Diocesan chancellor Len Horner, who over the last 35 years, has worked alongside Townsville’s past three bishops, said. “And I think we are very happy ... Read More »

Seminary turns 75: Former seminarians return to their alma mater for anniversary celebrations

Fr Anthony Mellor as a seminarian

ON November 3, the bishops and priests of Queensland went to Banyo to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary. Many priests, spanning several generations, some now retired, recalled fond memories of their years of formation at the seminary. Mass was celebrated in the former seminary chapel at the Australian Catholic University campus now called Holy Spirit Chapel. ... Read More »

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