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Fr Francis Ching, the priest who can’t read

Legally blind priest Fr Francis Ching

MASS etiquette suggests Catholics turn off or silence their mobile device before entering the church, but that rule doesn’t apply to Canadian priest Fr Francis Ching. Every time the 45-year-old Chinese-born priest celebrates Mass, or when it’s time to say his prayers of the Office, the iPad is on and right at his fingertips. Without it, Fr Francis couldn’t fulfil ... Read More »

Fr John Daly retires as parish priest of hometown Bundaberg

Fr John Daly

BOTH the Mass of Thanksgiving and the concert for Father John Daly’s retirement as parish priest of Bundaberg highlighted the traits of love and kindness, which this humble, non-judgemental man of God brought into the lives of all he knew. Despite heavy rain on the night, hundreds of parishioners gathered at Holy Rosary Church to thank Fr Daly for his ... Read More »

Queensland-born Columban Father Warren Kinne on being a priest in communist China

Chinese parishioners

COLUMBAN Father Warren Kinne knows first hand the art of “playing the game”. For two decades, Fr Kinne, 71, born and bred in Bundaberg, Queensland, was a missionary in communist China, learning to tread lightly, sometimes testing the boundaries of authority and control, and eventually watching his mission flourish in unimagined ways. Now returned to Australia, with a new mission ... 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 »

God’s biker: Polish Catholic priest just wants to read Scripture with outlaw bikies

BRISBANE Catholic priest Fr Andrzej Kolaczkowski likes nothing more than spending time in fellowship with outlaw bikie club members, sharing the Gospel. “There’s something really refreshing when you sit down and do Bible study …  with a bunch of hairy bikers full of tattoos. There’s nothing more refreshing to the faith,” he said. “It is about being a shepherd, it ... Read More »

Jesuit who welcomed thousands into the Church, Fr Peter Quin, was a missionary at heart

Fr Peter Quin

TOOWONG parish priest Fr Peter Quin has been remembered as Australia’s closest resemblance to Jesuit missionary St Francis Xavier following his death. The Jesuit priest from Melbourne who spent the past 12 years as parish priest of St Ignatius’ Parish, Toowong, died in hospital on November 22. An Australian Jesuit province health worker confirmed Fr Quin had suffered from Myelodysplastic ... Read More »

Seminary turns 75: Former seminarians return to their alma mater for anniversary celebrations

Fr Anthony Mellor as a seminarian

ON November 3, the bishops and priests of Queensland went to Banyo to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary. Many priests, spanning several generations, some now retired, recalled fond memories of their years of formation at the seminary. Mass was celebrated in the former seminary chapel at the Australian Catholic University campus now called Holy Spirit Chapel. ... Read More »

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