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

Fr Tom Keegan

“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 »

Sarah Bradbury takes one small step towards NASA after winning QUT Astrophysics Project internship

Sarah Bradbury

SARAH Bradbury, a Year 12 student at Mary MacKillop College, Nundah, is aiming for the stars after gaining a prestigious university internship over the Easter holidays. Sarah was one of only 10 students in Queensland offered a place in the prestigious Queensland University of Technology)Astrophysics Project placement, part of the university’s high school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) internship ... Read More »

High school dream now reality with senior classes open at Ambrose Treacy College

New Ambrose Treacy College senior school

BOYS from the only Catholic boys’ college in Brisbane’s western suburbs are finally becoming men with the addition of a senior school. The first Year 11 cohort at Ambrose Treacy College, Indooroopilly, have walked through their new building designed to cater for the school’s growing numbers. They will also be the first boys to graduate from the college, which opened ... Read More »

Local club that walks the highest peaks in Queensland turns 60

Catholic bushwalking club members Mervyn Galvin and Michele Endicott

SIXTY years ago on the slopes of Mt Tibrogargan, north of Brisbane, Fr William “Willie” Hayes gathered a group of enthusiastic trekkers and led them down the wild bush trails, on an adventure which would birth a club. Among them was a young man named Mervyn Galvin. Mr Galvin fondly recalled those first summer trips with the newly emerging Brisbane ... Read More »

Nigerian priest details his honest experiences of Brisbane parishes in first memoir

Fr Emmanuel Aguiyi

A NIGERIAN Catholic priest in Brisbane has written a heartfelt book about his experiences working in a suburban Australian church, including dealing with culture shock and bridging cultural barriers. “At times, having a foreign priest is a source of tension for some parishioners who have not done much with people from other countries, particularly Africa,” Fr Emmanuel Aguiyi, who is ... Read More »

ACU going strong despite cuts to eleven Brisbane-based courses

Dr Stephen Weller

DR Stephen Weller is upbeat about the rapid growth of Australian Catholic University, and particularly its Brisbane campus at Banyo, despite the axing of dozens of courses before the start of the year. “There were a number of prospective students who were disgruntled at our decision to cancel a course they had applied for – no question,” ACU’s deputy vice-chancellor ... Read More »

Resident artists at St Vincent’s Care Services Mitchelton help spread the Christmas joy

Mitchelton nursing home artists

ST Vincent’s Care Services has discovered three very gifted artists in one of their residential living communities in Mitchelton, Brisbane. The aged care and retirement services organisation reached out to their residents to create a Christmas themed artwork to feature on the front of their annual Christmas card. Finding it hard to choose just one, three talented residents of St ... Read More »

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 »

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