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Rockhampton preparing for swamped Easter as floodwaters expected to rise

Rockhampton roads flooded

ROCKHAMPTON’S bishop has praised the “extraordinary” efforts of the community preparing for an Eastertide surrounded by the worst floods since 2011. Bishop Michael McCarthy said early in the week many homes had been evacuated and were expected to be isolated as floodwaters continued to rise in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie. The Rockhampton airport also closed at midday on Monday ... Read More »

Retired priest Fr Dan Moore laid to rest in Ireland

Fr John Daly

RETIRED Rockhampton priest Fr Dan Moore died in Ireland on February 14, aged 79. “Fr Moore was surrounded by his family and friends, and at the time of his death, was held constantly in the prayers of the people of Central Queensland who had become aware of his failing health,” a spokesman said. He was ordained in St Hallows College, ... Read More »

Emmaus College students at creative best for technology challenge

Emmaus College

EMMAUS College students have refined their skills at the recent RACQ Maryborough Technology Challenge. The teams showcased their human powered vehicles over the two-day event.  The challenge aims to showcase various technology subjects taught at schools including robotics, human powered vehicles, Co2 dragsters, solar boats and more.  The Senior Emmaus College team, the Rockwheelers, placed twenty-seventh, completing 585km and won ... Read More »

Queensland Senator Matthew Canavan found God in Holy Matrimony

Senator Matthew Canavan

AUSTRALIA’S youngest sworn Federal Cabinet Minister is glad he never fell to the Communists. Matthew Canavan was 17 and finishing high school at Chisholm Catholic College, Cornubia, when he flirted with the idea of being a Communist. He was already a member of Edmund Rice Camps, a ministry started by the Christian Brothers, despite clinging to Karl Marx’s adage that ... Read More »

Becoming a principal in the west a lifetime opportunity

Principal farewelled

BECOMING a principal in the west is the opportunity of a lifetime, says Nicole de Vries, reflecting on her time leading Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Longreach. After two years there, Mrs de Vries will take up a leadership position in Maroochydore next year, but said she would miss the wonderful Longreach community and the warm, welcoming hospitality of ... Read More »

Townsville pastor Bishop Ray Benjamin dies

Bishop Emeritus Raymond Benjamin

TOWNSVILLE’S fourth bishop has died, aged 91. Bishop Emeritus Raymond Benjamin, who served as the fourth bishop of Townsville between 1984 and 2000, is mourned by Catholics in the northern Queensland diocese as a “leader before his times”. Bishop Benjamin turned 91 on February 24. Townsville diocesan administrator Fr Mick Lowcock described Bishop Benjamin as a “real pastor” of Townsville. “Many saw ... Read More »

New Queensland seminary building to school future priests in mission

Blessing Queensland's seminary building

QUEENSLAND seminarians will start a new course giving future priests practical experiences to prepare young people for mission and evangelisation. Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary last week opened and blessed a new multi-purpose learning centre dedicated to the patron of missions St Francis Xavier.  It will be the hub for a new school of mission for seminarians. The school will offer ... Read More »

How a Rockhampton girl took theology to Rome

Tracey Rowland

AUSTRALIA’S most successful female theology export credits her flourishing career to a Mercy Sister who threatened to haunt her beyond the grave.  Professor Tracey Rowland, dean and permanent fellow at Australia’s own pontifical institute in Melbourne, received her tutelage under the Mercy Sisters in Ipswich and Rockhampton. Despite being “so often in trouble” with the sisters at St Mary’s College, ... Read More »

Rockhampton’s ‘gentle listener’

Diocesan pastoral response coordinator

MELISSA Davey is deeply aware of the immense courage it takes for an abuse victim to pick up the phone and share their story. As the person receiving calls relating to complaints and allegations of abuse in the Rockhampton diocese, Ms Davey has learnt that the best way to respond to and support healing is through listening. Rockhampton Bishop Michael ... Read More »