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Bishops call for protection of confessional seal following Royal Commission’s recommendations

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PROTECTING the sacred dialogue between God and sinner in the confessional needs to be paramount if Australian lawmakers are to follow new recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said. Archbishop Coleridge was responding to the recommendations made by Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that would require members of clergy to report information even if ... Read More »

Order of Preachers marks 800 year anniversary with Brisbane community

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Dominicans around the world are marking 800 years since St Dominic founded the Order of Preachers. Brisbane’s Dominican community gathered for a Mass at Our Lady of Graces Church, Carina, on November 6, for the conclusion of a year of celebrations. This is the Homily from Dominican priest Fr Matthew Boland, based in Melbourne. WE gather to mark the end ... Read More »

Thanking Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo: ‘His life is for Christ’

Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo with Fr Morgan Batt

THERE are two outstanding characters, beside Jesus and Mary, that figure largely in the life, journey and spirituality of Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo – St Paul and St Francis Xavier.  Both of these saints were men who were on fire with the Mission for and of Jesus Christ and His Church.  Bishop-elect Randazzo often said to the seminarians when he was ... Read More »

Five more join the Divine Word Missionaries

Divine Word Missionaries

FIVE young men have taken their perpetual vows as Divine Word Missionaries over the past year and all five will be sent out from Australia to take up missionary assignments in other countries. Anthony Li, Marianus Supardi, Michael Wu, Laurensisus Woda and Uili Uvea took their vows in March last year before a packed congregation in St Paschal’s Chapel, Box ... Read More »

Partnership between Brisbane and Nigeria growing in strength

International partnership

NIGERIAN Bishop Lucius Ugorji made his fifth pastoral visit to the Brisbane archdiocese to meet with his priests working here earlier this month.  Bishop Ugorji, from the Umuahia diocese in Nigeria, visited Brisbane to renew a commitment to send priests from his region to Australia. There are now 16 of his priests in Brisbane since signing a partnership commitment in ... Read More »

Queensland Augustinians laid to rest last month

Augustinians laid to rest

TWO Augustinian Fathers with strong connections to Brisbane archdiocese have died. Fr Patrick Fahey and Fr Patrick Bourke died in December in Sydney and Melbourne. Both men were over 80 and had enjoyed long and decorated lives of service to the Church. Fr Fahey was raised in Yeppoon, attending secondary school at St Augustine’s College between 1946 and 1949. His ... Read More »

Australia’s Oratory receives burst of youth

Seminarians for the Australian Oratory

YOUNG Catholic seminarians have almost outnumbered the priests making their home in Australia’s first Oratory. The Brisbane Oratory in Formation welcomed Brisbane men Matthew Buckley, now known as Br Peter, and Conor Power to the community in September. Br Peter is a qualified civil engineer, and was a former member of the University of Queensland’s Newman Society and helped start ... Read More »

Nigerian priests return home for bishop’s jubilee

Bishop Lucius Ugorji

By Emilie Ng NIGERIAN priests serving in the Brisbane archdiocese returned home last week to honour the man who sent them to Australia. Umuahia Bishop Lucius Ugorji welcomed home his Australian missionaries to commemorate 25 years since his episcopal ordination in 1990. Among the returning priests were Fr Henry Maduka, Fr Modestus Mgbaramuko, Fr Francis Onwunali and Fr Gabriel Kalu, ... Read More »

Vatican statistics show modest, steady Church growth worldwide

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THE number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests and permanent deacons rose slightly in 2013, while the number of men and women in religious orders declined, according to Vatican statistics. For the second year in a row, the number of candidates for the priesthood also decreased. The numbers come from the Statistical Yearbook of the Church, ... Read More »

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