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Passionist Fathers’ failed outreach to Queensland Aboriginal people actually deemed a success 175 years on

Stradbroke Island

IT was the first attempt to evangelise the Aboriginal people of Queensland, and it failed. Archbishop John Bede Polding, the first Bishop of Australia, approached the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ, better known as the Passionists, to preach the Gospel to the Aboriginal people of Queensland. Archbishop Polding believed the Catholic Church had for too long neglected the ... Read More »

Toowoomba lay women make life-changing trip to the Philippines

Philippines women

WOMEN from Toowoomba diocese have made a life-changing trip to the Philippines to make the lives of people better. Catherine McAleer; Helen Gillam, from St Mary’s School, Warwick; and Amy Davis, from St Patrick’s School, Mitchell, made the trip with the purpose of helping to set up a small school library for the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred ... Read More »

Catholics leave comforts behind to roam city streets proclaiming the Gospel

Neocatechumenal Way evangelisation missions

FOR 10 days, Brisbane Catholic Stephen Kearney put his IT job on hold to tread the winter streets of Sydney’s inner west, announcing the Gospel. He took no money or mobile phone, only the Bible and rosary beads, and walked with a companion, a priest from Perth, visiting Catholic parishes, talking with priests and parishioners and anyone he met, knocking ... Read More »

NDIS rollout calls for reflection on original Centacare mission, disability service expert says

Annette Drew

DISABILITY services expert Annette Drew believes advanced pre-planning and keeping to the “mission at heart” would ensure Centacare’s Brisbane clients make a smooth transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Mrs Drew has managed Centacare’s Supported Accommodation Independent Lifestyle (Sail) in Sunnybank for 17 years, and said the NDIS offered great opportunities but also big challenges for staff and clients ... Read More »

‘This is no way for a child to grow up’: Catholic teacher talks of heartbreaking mission in Iraq

Ora Duffley with a child in northern Iraq

BRISBANE Catholic teacher Ora Duffley has returned from a confronting few weeks on mission helping Christian refugees in northern Iraq. Miss Duffley set off before Easter to join the French Catholic mission SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, working hand in hand with local people and parishes on the ground. Even though she was well-read on the ongoing war against ISIS, she said ... Read More »

Catholic school students recall plight in Cambodia at special Mass

mission Mass

HUNDREDS of Catholic school students marked World Children’s Mission Day by attending a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, focusing on the plight of young Cambodians. “We are part of a global economy; how we live affects others,” Catholic Mission’s diocesan director David McGovern told students. “There are many children who cannot attend school because of poverty or disability.” Mr McGovern described ... Read More »

Ingham students join Missionaries of the Poor in the Philippines

Ingham missionaries

INSTEAD of relaxing during the school holidays, a group of 13 students from Gilroy Santa Maria College, Ingham, and St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie, accompanied by four adults, travelled to Naga City in the Philippines to work alongside the Missionaries of the Poor among “the poorest of the poor”.  Ingham District parish priest Fr Damian McGrath said “one of the major ... Read More »

Wheels set in motion to support mobile education in Cambodia

Sister Eulie feature

AUSTRALIANS could help children in Cambodia receive an education and avoid the possibility of life in child sex trade by funding an innovative mobile centre. For more than a decade, the Daughters of Charity in Cambodia have offered education and care for children on the outskirts of the country’s capital. Countless disadvantaged children have become victims of Cambodia’s infamous sex ... Read More »

Polish priest’s mission dream goes bush

Fr Adam Woch

FR Adam Woch had thoughts of being a missionary in Brazil when he was ordained in Poland, and ending up in outback Queensland would’ve been beyond his wildest dreams. Now, as parish priest of St George-Dirranbandi, he could not be happier but the experience is nothing like he could have imagined. “For me, it’s a new experience,” he said. “I ... Read More »

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