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Irish priest who came to Australia by boat in 1953 turning 90

Fr Tom Keegan

“THOUGH 12,000 miles (19,300km) may divide us my thoughts will constantly fly back to the old folks at home,” Fr Tom Keegan wrote in November 1953 aboard the ship Otranto while he was steaming out to Australia from his home in Ireland. Memories from Fr Keegan’s life came back to life as his friends and family prepared for his 90th ... Read More »

Seven young men make ‘heroic’ entry into Banyo seminary

New seminarians for 2018

YOUNGER faces will be a common sight at Queensland’s Holy Spirit seminary this year as seven men under 30 began their studies for the priesthood this week. Brisbane archdiocese welcomed seven young men to the seminary on February 11, making it the largest local intake in years. The cohort includes two Vietnamese men who were invited to study at the ... Read More »

Fr Vince Hobbs’ mysterious call to the priesthood

Fr Vince Hobbs

“MYSTERY” is the one word to describe the two big things to happen in the life of Fr Vince Hobbs – priesthood and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. That’s the word Fr Vince would use anyway. When asked why he became a priest, the 83-year-old said: “That’s a mystery that you can’t give a total answer to, because it’s a matter ... Read More »

Goodna parish priest Fr Roger Burns retires from ‘best job in the world’

Fr Roger Burns

THIRTY years ago British migrant Fr Roger Burns never would have dreamed about retiring in Australia let alone as a Catholic priest. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in England’s north, Fr Burns had tried out a career as a shipyard engineer and then a teacher before being swept into a completely different vocation. “For seven years I ran away from the possibility ... Read More »

Book compiled by Adelaide priest promotes positive Christian marriages

Monsignor Robert Egar

MARRIED couples who have shared bread with an Adelaide priest have contributed to a new book that shows the path to love is not smooth but always worthwhile. For years Monsignor Robert Egar has welcomed groups of engaged and married couples to his home in Adelaide. The nights were an opportunity for Christian married couples to share stories of their ... Read More »

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 »

Nanango celebrates golden jubilee of former farm boy

Fr Pat Cassidy

FR Pat Cassidy’s days of milking cows are long gone, but the farm boy in him was remembered when he returned to his home town of Nanango recently for a special celebration of his priesthood. Fr Cassidy, who is parish priest at Gympie, is celebrating his 50th anniversary of ordination. He was ordained by Brisbane Archbishop Patrick O’Donnell on July ... Read More »

How to be a single Catholic

singleness

YOU know those movies that you really wish you hated, but secretly enjoy way more than you ought to? I went into How to Be Single fully prepared to despise it, but emerged peculiarly inspired. The film was as shallow and rude as I expected it to be, and of the options it presented for living your single years – ... Read More »

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