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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 »

Renowned musician and scholar picks up baton at St Stephen’s Cathedral

Andrew Cichy

BRISBANE’S newest cathedral music director decided in his teens to take up playing an instrument that was at odds with his name. Dr Andrew Cichy, whose surname is Polish for “quiet”, picked the organ as his muse when he was just 15 and a student at Trinity College, East Perth. “‘Cichy’ does indeed mean ‘quiet’, so I’m not quite sure ... Read More »

St Stephen’s Cathedral is wrapped up in art

Cathedral art

LOCAL artists have turned a busy construction site around St Stephen’s Cathedral into a mural on the Catholic social teaching theme of solidarity. Along the left side of the cathedral, local artists helped paint a mural of Brisbane residents welcoming the pregnant Blessed Virgin Mary and her faithful husband in time for Christmas Masses. The art project, co-ordinated by the ... Read More »

Brisbane’s Holy Door is closed but doorway to mercy remains open

HOLY Doors have closed around the world, but Brisbane Catholics have been asked to keep the doorway to mercy open and “more public”. Across the world, Holy Doors in cathedrals, churches and basilicas closed on November 13, the same day Pope Francis closed three in Rome. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge joined the universal Church to close the Holy Door at ... Read More »

Four-month renovations under way for St Stephen’s Cathedral facelift

Cathedral renovations

LAYERS of tarpaulins have been the only things stopping a major flood from washing away the priests celebrating Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral for the past two years.  The 2014 Brisbane hailstorm that forced the closure of dozens of Catholic schools and devastation among churches, also pounded against the roof at St Stephen’s. Cathedral dean Fr David Pascoe said rough ... Read More »

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