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North Queensland in recovery mode after major flood damage

Sr Nina Barra in Ingham

NORTH Queensland is recovering after major flooding cut roads, closed Catholic schools and caused major property damage. Hardest hit was the town of Ingham, where a muddy clean-up of homes and businesses was underway after floodwaters swept through town, with authorities issuing a warning about crocodiles and snakes. “We’re cut off north, east and west still, but the centre of ... Read More »

Young Townsville man answers call to serve North Queensland

William Brennan with parents Paul and Monica

YOUNG Townsville man William Brennan has entered the priesthood at a time when the Catholic Church and priests are under more scrutiny than ever. Mr Brennan entered Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo recently to begin his formation to become a priest for Townsville diocese. The young seminarian, who spent most of his childhood in Charters Towers, said he was almost ... Read More »

Homeless Jesus statue finally finds a resting place

Homeless Jesus

AFTER nearly two years of ideas, discussions and negotiations, the Homeless Jesus statue that was commissioned for the Year of Mercy in 2016 has finally found a home in the grounds of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. Townsville Bishop Tim Harris was pleased that the statue was placed in the forecourt of the cathedral. “I believe that this is a ... Read More »

Missionary congregation based in India promises four priests to Townsville

Bishop Tim Harris in India

PRIESTS from an Indian missionary congregation already ministering in Brisbane are expected to start a new mission in Townsville diocese next year. Following a visit to Kerela, India, Townsville Bishop Tim Harris, Fr Rod Ward and Discalced Carmelite Father John Kunnathumadapillil have reported fruitful meetings took place with the provincial leaders of the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. “I’ve ... Read More »

Johnathan Thurston offers Catholic priest free air travel to say Mass for remote Aboriginal community

Johnathan Thurston

NORTH Queensland rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston is playing his part to keep the Catholic faith alive in the heart of Cowboys country. The Queensland nominee for Australian of the Year, who co-owns Skytrans Aviation, has allowed a Catholic priest free air travel to the remote Aboriginal township of Coen during the wet season so he can conduct Mass. “I’m ... Read More »

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