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Priestly vocational discernment on the rise in Queensland

Seminarians, priests and young men discerning

RECORD numbers of young men are discerning the priesthood in the Brisbane archdiocese with “extraordinary” hopes for next year’s seminary intake. Vocation Brisbane director Fr Morgan Batt said nineteen young men attended their recent annual Quo Vadis discernment weekend, the largest number in 22 years. Discernment weekends allow young men to spend a weekend at Holy Spirit seminary in Brisbane, ... Read More »

Religious education in Queensland state schools in safe hands

State School Religious Education

THERE is no threat to religious instruction in Queensland state schools. That is the assurance that has been given to a special committee tasked by Education Minister Kate Jones to deal with an unholy row over the teaching of Christian principles to primary schoolers. A media storm erupted a fortnight ago, after a report in The Australian claimed talking about ... Read More »

Townsville Mercy Sisters blessed with golden years

Mercy Sisters

THREE women religious from regional Queensland who entered the convent of the Mercy Sisters 50 years ago reunited to mark their golden jubilees. Mercy Sisters Carmel Ruddick, Cheryl Camp and Mary Lowcock were three of eight women who entered the Sisters of Mercy in early 1965. They came together to mark 50 years since they made their first professions on ... 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 »

Netball ‘taking off’ in Queensland with 60 schools competing in QISSN carnival

Netball carnival

NETBALL is fast growing into Queensland’s premier women’s sport with more than 700 girls turning up for the toughest competition among secondary schools. The 2017 Queensland Independent Schools Netball carnival, this year hosted by Mt Alvernia College, Kedron, between June 25 and June 30, saw netball teams from 60 secondary schools across Queensland compete for the “hotly contested” grand finals ... Read More »

Emergency need up 30 per cent for volunteers of local Vinnies conference

Vinnies Red Hill

SOMEWHERE in Anthony Sullivan’s neighbourhood is a child without a pair of shoes, a mother desperate to pay the bills, and an ex-prisoner with no food and no place to call home. A member of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Rosalie/Red Hill conference and Jubilee parishioner, Mr Sullivan has seen first-hand the poverty some Australians face, and many of ... Read More »

Good Samaritan Sisters to leave Charters Towers in north Queensland after 117 years

Good Samaritan Sisters in Charters Towers

CHARTERS Towers’ remaining Good Samaritan Sisters will close their convent doors at the end of the month after 117 years of service. The sisters will withdraw from the Charters Towers community from May 28. Sr Ita Stout, Sr Marion Firth and Sr Patricia Comerford, who have served the Townsville diocese for 55 years collectively, are the last of the Good Samaritans ... Read More »

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