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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 »

Life of study sheds light on the Truth

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“Study enables the brothers to ponder in their hearts the manifold wisdom of God, and equips them for the doctrinal service of the Church and of all people.” WITHIN the Constitutions of the Order of Preachers there is an entire chapter devoted to “study”. It stands alongside the chapter on religious consecration (obedience, poverty, chastity) and the chapter on the ... Read More »

Chrism Mass: Archbishop Coleridge says God “will not fail” to raise men for the priesthood despite Royal Commission sorrow

Priests at the Chrism Mass

PRIESTLY vocations might be fewer in number and “chastened” by the Royal Commission’s hearings into abuse in the Catholic Church but “the gift of priesthood will remain”, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. The Archbishop reiterated the anointed call of men to the priesthood during the Chrism Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on April 6, where priests of Brisbane archdiocese renewed their ... 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 »

Seminary turns 75: Rector says Jesus still calling ‘disciples’ in Queensland

Monsignor John Grace

TODAY’S crop of seminarians at Queensland’s Holy Spirit Seminary is reflective of the nature of church-going Catholics – fewer in number, older in age and multicultural. It’s a comparison that struck Monsignor John Grace when he arrived from Rockhampton diocese at the start of the year to become the seminary’s 13th rector. He was also pondering such matters as he ... Read More »

Clergy relish trip down memory lane on jubilees

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RETIRED priest Fr Bernie Costigan was 25 when he walked through St Stephen’s Cathedral to become a changed man. The year was 1966, and Fr Costigan was to take his first step on the long walk down the centre aisle to enter the priesthood. “Well, it was all very exciting in a way, and very humbling,” he said. Fifty years ... Read More »

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