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Oratory community one step closer to permanency in Brisbane

Brisbane Oratory

AUSTRALIA’S first Oratory community is finalising its petition to the Holy See to be a canonically established congregation in the Brisbane archdiocese. The Brisbane Oratory in Formation Project, made up of members Fr Adrian Sharp, Fr Andrew Wise, Fr Scot Armstrong, and seminarians Br Shawn Murphy, Br Tyson King, Br Matthew Buckley, Br Conor Power and Br John Henry Nguyen, ... Read More »

Brisbane grandfather celebrates 25 years in the priesthood

Brisbane priests celebrating jubilees

PRIESTS have been known to invite their mothers, fathers, sisters or brothers to their priestly jubilee Mass, but alongside Fr Brian Harris were his children and grandchildren. The Oblate priest, who has six children, 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, joined the priesthood in 1987 when he was 55. “I was married and had a family, but my wife died,” Fr ... Read More »

‘Little Chinese missionary’ Fr Frank Gerry falls into interior silence after 60 years a priest

Fr Frank Gerry

DECEMBER 6, 1273. It’s not a date that immediately jumps out at the average person, but those intimately connected with the life of St Thomas Aquinas know its significance. Although he is said to have written one of the world’s greatest intellectual achievements in Western civilisation – the Summa Theologiae – St Thomas Aquinas abruptly ended his writing endeavours before ... Read More »

Psychiatrist says laws to remove confessional seal are ‘a distraction’

Confession line

A LEADING psychiatrist has described efforts to remove the confessional seal as a “distraction” as governments continue to respond to the final report of the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. Associate Professor Carolyn Quadrio, who was an expert witness at the Royal Commission, said she agreed with clergy views that confessions of sexual abuse were extremely ... Read More »

First Queenslander ordained for the Pauline Fathers ‘as cool as a cucumber’

Fr Joseph Maria Buckley and Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green

PAULINE Fathers from around the world have welcomed the first Queensland-born priest into the monastic order. Fr Joseph Maria Buckley, originally from Brisbane, was ordained a priest of the Order of St Paul the First Hermit, better known as the Pauline Fathers, on June 9. He is the first Queenslander to be ordained for the order, which was founded in ... Read More »

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 »

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