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90-year-old Graham Joyner a true ‘Catholic gentleman’

Graham Joyner

GRAHAM Joyner has always been fascinated by the past. As a child he used to wonder about the ornaments around the family house, but as he said, the children were told to play outside. These days, Mr Joyner pursues his family’s history through letters, ledgers and portraits with a passion for uncovering lost ancestors and their life stories. It would ... Read More »

Bishop John Gerry, a generous soul gone but not forgotten

Bishop John Gerry

ONE of Brisbane’s most popular leaders and the “architect” of an archdiocesan social welfare arm, Bishop John Gerry, will be laid to rest on the 67th anniversary of his priesthood. Tributes have flowed for the retired Brisbane auxiliary bishop, who died on December 13 at Holy Spirit Northside Hospital, aged 90. Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend his funeral at St ... Read More »

Cathedral’s first organ scholar pulling all stops to entice young musicians

Rachael Shipard

IT might be rare to see a young person behind the organ at Mass but for Rachael Shipard it’s the rightful place for a Catholic musician. The 21-year-old classically-trained pianist is the first organ scholar to be appointed to St Stephen’s Cathedral, under the Ralph Morton Memorial Organ Scholarship, launched earlier this year. It’s a new direction for the award-winning ... Read More »

Thousands of golden years celebrated at St Stephen’s Cathedral marriage Mass

  WEDDING day memories were revisited as almost 75 couples celebrated half-centuries of marriage at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on October 8. The annual Mass recognised couples who were marking their golden wedding anniversaries this year. Denise and Des Walsh were among couples gathered with family and friends to thank God for the good times and the ... Read More »

Australia’s first saint a source of inspiration for struggling families

Sister Marie Dowling

FAMILIES struggling to put food on the table could find hope from the life of Australia’s first saint, St Mary of the Cross. While the Fitzroy-born saint is well known for her battles against the hierarchical Church, Josephite Sister Marie Dowling believes the path to sainthood was seen in her unhappy family life. “I think the seeds of sainthood were ... Read More »

Big week for Catholic schools as Queensland launches Catholic Education Week

BRISBANE Catholic schools launched a week-long celebration of their distinctive Catholic ethos in an official ceremony at St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday. Hundreds of students from 40 schools packed out the cathedral on July 23 to kick off the annual Queensland Catholic Education Week celebrations from July 23 to 29 with a Mass where Archbishop Mark Coleridge presided. The Mass ... Read More »

Brisbane mum Betty Howell ‘very proud’ of her bishop son

Betty Howell

BISHOP Kenneth Michael Howell was a teenager when he felt the call to the priesthood. The person who probably prayed for him the most is his mother Betty Howell, one of the few people who will be excused from addressing her son as “Bishop”. “When I call him ‘Father’, he always says, ‘Yes, Mother’,” Mrs Howell said. “It’s going to ... Read More »

Cathedral music director calling for first organ scholar at St Stephen’s

Ralph Morton Memorial Organi Scholarship launch event

MUSIC director at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral Dr Andrew Cichy is searching for his first organ scholar after launching a scholarship in memory of his predecessor, the late Dr Ralph Morton. The Ralph Morton Memorial Organ Scholarship, launched on the first anniversary of the former cathedral music director’s death, will offer a young organist a unique opportunity to develop their ... Read More »

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