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Queenslanders raise nearly $13k for Chennai rehab centre started by Brisbane nun

Friends of Mithra Fundraiser

LOYAL supporters of an Australian nun who started a rehabilitation centre in India for children with disabilities have raised nearly $13,000 for a charity funding the centre. Brisbane-based charity Friends of Mithra is a major financial supporter for the Madras Institute to Rehabilitate Retarded, Afflicted (Mithra) in Chennai, founded by former Brisbane nun Sr Mary Theodore. Sr Theodore devoted the ... Read More »

Missionary priest serving in Queensland called into leadership

Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Father Joseph Thottankara

ONE of the first Indian priests from the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament to serve in Australia has been named a provincial superior for the order. Fr Joseph Thottankara, one of two India priests invited to serve in Toowoomba in the 1980s, is the new provincial superior for the Zion province in Kerala. As the new provincial superior, Fr ... Read More »

Surfers Paradise associate pastor takes up new role in Hervey Bay

Fr Regimon Gervasis

MISSIONARY Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Father Regimon Gervasis has thanked the people of Surfers Paradise for their prayers, friendship and smiling faces as he left the parish. Fr Gervasis has been appointed parish priest of Hervey Bay. More than 600 people attended a farewell Mass and morning tea on August 28. Parish priest and South Coast dean Fr Tim ... Read More »

How sponsoring a child in India led to a family tradition of giving

Jan Drake

WHAT started with a young Toowoomba mother reaching out to a starving little boy in India has turned into a family affair of giving across the world. Jan Drake was a young girl when her mother Joan Godsall responded to an advertisement in The Chronicle in Toowoomba calling for people to sponsor a child in India. The advertisement was from the ... Read More »

Mother key to eliminating India’s slums

Joe Paul and a Bangalore woman

LITTERED throughout the streets of India’s Silicon Valley, children belonging to nobody scavenge through piles of rubbish to thwart death. By day, the children make a few rupees by offering pickings from the mountains of solid waste to retailers. At night, they dip their hands into the same meal licked up by the local feral dogs, before laying their heads ... Read More »

Missionary doctor regrets that she didn’t do enough

Mary Glowrey

SR Mary Glowrey was the world’s first missionary religious sister who was also a medical doctor. Born in 1887, in Birregurra, Victoria, Mary completed her secondary education in Melbourne, on a scholarship, matriculating at 14 years of age. She won an exhibition to the University of Melbourne and graduated in 1910 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.  ... Read More »

Diverse challenges to families surprise and universal compassion surprise couples

Brazilian couple attend press briefing after session of Synod of Bishops at Vatican

TWO married couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity of problems families face around the world and the synod fathers’ great concern and compassion for the family. Read the full story from Catholic News Service. Read More »

Inspired by India

Archbishop-in-India

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge recently visited India to meet with leaders of two religious congregations with priests ministering in Brisbane archdiocese. This is a reflection he wrote about his journey. I DOUBT that I will ever get used to India.  I’d been there before, a few years back, but my recent visit was so full of surprises that it felt ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop | January 15, 2015

The Catholic Loop – Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 15, 2015 Yesterday Pope Francis canonised Sri Lanka’s first saint, St Joseph Vaz, reminded the country about Mary’s forgiveness during a visit to a Marian shrine, and made a quick visit to the local Buddhist temple.  Indian priests in England save a 19th century church that was ... Read More »

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