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Vietnamese Augustinian closer to fulfilling dream of becoming a priest

Deacon Dang Nguyen

AUSTRALIA’S Augustinians are closer to realising their plan of opening their first house in Vietnam following the diaconate ordination of Br Dang Nguyen in Brisbane. Br Nguyen, who left Vietnam nine years ago to be a priest, said it was a “dream” for the Australian Augustinian province to open the order’s first house in Vietnam and he hoped to be ... Read More »

Permanent diaconate growing with Deacon Andrew O’Brien ordained for Brisbane

Deacon Andrew O'Brien walks through the guard of honour following his diaconal ordination.

BRISBANE’S newest permanent deacon has asked Christians to find Christ in the poor, who are thirsting for friendship and human belonging. Deacon Andrew O’Brien, who was ordained a permanent deacon on November 11 at St Stephen’s Cathedral, said Christians should not be afraid to encounter those on the margins, particularly those who lived on the streets. “Our purpose as Christians ... Read More »

Brisbane deacon receives award for online teaching

Deacon Anthony Gooley

BRISBANE deacon Dr Anthony Gooley has received a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Tasmania for the design and delivery of religious curriculum. Deacon Gooley is a lecturer in Theology and Religious Education at The Broken Bay Institute. University of Tasmania Master of Teaching Program director Dr Janet Dyment said the consistent positive feedback from Deacon Gooley’s students demonstrated exceptional comprehension at ... Read More »

Military and police chaplain Deacon Graeme Ramsden calls it a day

Deacon Graeme Ramsden

DEACON Graeme Ramsden is a straight-talking man of faith who understands a life of discipline and sacrifice. Aged 70, Deacon Ramsden retired recently after distinguished careers as a soldier and a chaplain to the military and the police.  He has an easy-going manner, enjoys a joke and is a good listener – just the attributes of a chaplain who has ... Read More »

Aboriginal elder who became Australia’s first permanent deacon turns 80

LAST month the people of Wadeye, Northern Territory, celebrated the 80th birthday of Deacon Boniface Perdjert. Deacon Boniface is senior elder of the Kardu Diminin clan and Murrinhpatha language speaker, and the traditional owner of the land on which the town of Wadeye (Port Keats) is built. He is also Australia’s first permanent deacon and well known to Missionaries of ... Read More »

Prayer breakfast told of mental health epidemic among soldiers

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DEACON Gary Stone and his son Michael are both defence veterans and passionate about helping our young soldiers return to their families and civilian life. Together, they took on a new challenge last week – calling for greater public awareness about the plight of returning veterans, and seeking financial assistance for their mission through the Veterans Care Association. “The association ... Read More »

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