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Papal honour for ‘Father D’ as Port Macquarie parish says farewell

Fr D receives papal honour

GRATITUDE and good-wishes flowed for retiring parish priest Fr Leo Donnelly, who was presented a major Papal Award by Lismore Bishop Greg Homeming at a Mass held at St Agnes’ Parish on March 23. The same Mass installed the new parish priest, Fr Paul Gooley. The Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (the Cross for the Church and Pontiff) was established ... Read More »

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 »

What will be discussed at Australia’s plenary council?

Pope ordains

NOW that Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold an historic plenary council – the first in more than 80 years – what is the biggest hot-button issue up for discussion? For some, the issue is whether the Catholic Church should allow married men to become priests, a move that would end a ... Read More »

Young Townsville man answers call to serve North Queensland

William Brennan with parents Paul and Monica

YOUNG Townsville man William Brennan has entered the priesthood at a time when the Catholic Church and priests are under more scrutiny than ever. Mr Brennan entered Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo recently to begin his formation to become a priest for Townsville diocese. The young seminarian, who spent most of his childhood in Charters Towers, said he was almost ... Read More »

Former refugee returns to Brisbane after a decade of ministry in Brazil

Fr Manh Le and children from Brazil

FOR the past five years Divine Word Missionaries priest Fr Manh Le has travelled between remote villages along the Amazon River, with little more than a hammock and a mosquito net. The priest, who was ordained in Brisbane 15 years ago and sent to Brazil, recently returned to Australia and is still adjusting to life. “Every night I stayed with ... Read More »

Seven young men make ‘heroic’ entry into Banyo seminary

New seminarians for 2018

YOUNGER faces will be a common sight at Queensland’s Holy Spirit seminary this year as seven men under 30 began their studies for the priesthood this week. Brisbane archdiocese welcomed seven young men to the seminary on February 11, making it the largest local intake in years. The cohort includes two Vietnamese men who were invited to study at the ... Read More »

Fr Vince Hobbs’ mysterious call to the priesthood

Fr Vince Hobbs

“MYSTERY” is the one word to describe the two big things to happen in the life of Fr Vince Hobbs – priesthood and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. That’s the word Fr Vince would use anyway. When asked why he became a priest, the 83-year-old said: “That’s a mystery that you can’t give a total answer to, because it’s a matter ... Read More »

Departing Capuchin pastor wants more lay leadership

Capuchin Fathers Severino Bustamante and Fr John Spiteri

CAPUCHIN Father John Spiteri has kind words for the members Wynnum’s Guardian Angels Parish, as he departs after six years to take up a new mission in Melbourne. “This is a warm hearted parish, generous to a fault, and they’ve been very patient with me. They’ve put up with my antics,” he said. “I learnt a lot. I had a ... Read More »

Irish priest has received more love in Brisbane than anywhere in the world

Fr Pat Doran

“ONE day we buried twelve children …” – victims of war and famine, and as Fr Pat Doran thinks of them almost 60 years later the memories come flooding back, and so do the tears. Those children and thousands like them are close to the heart of the Holy Spirit Father nearing retirement from his Brisbane parish. In the little ... Read More »

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