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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 »

Friend of ‘the Battler’s God’ puts his pen down

Br John Vernard

MARIST Brother John Venard (Smith), who has written more than 1000 Sacred Space columns for The Catholic Leader, has called it a day. Having released his seventh and final book – Finally, The Battler’s God – three years ago, Br Venard has decided it was time to retire from writing his weekly The Catholic Leader column. “I’m 88 this year,” he ... Read More »

How to enjoy being single

HOW does one take delight or pleasure in being single, when we are made for union with an other?  The loneliness we experience in this time is not so much emptiness as is it a stirring of desire that awaits fulfilment.  We become restless for romance.  When we fall in love, that special person consumes our every thought and being. ... Read More »

Locking in love for the Year of Mercy

Catholic love lock

MARRIAGE is on the horizon for Adam Burns and there’s a third person he’d like to publicly thank before tying the knot. Mr Burns will place a heart-shaped padlock on Brisbane’s newest love-lock sculpture situated outside St Stephen’s Cathedral with fiancé Jade Henkes as a sign of their love for each other and the third person in their relationship – ... Read More »

Why Greg Shakovskoy left Perth to seek God in Brisbane

Greg Shakovskoy

IF the Shakovskoys were around in Jesus’ time they may have had half the seats at the Last Supper. When Jesus was gathering his disciples with the call “Come, follow me”, he had Peter and Andrew from one family and James and John from another taking up the invitation, but the Shakovskoy family has responded in double the numbers. Thirty-eight ... Read More »

Australia’s Oratory receives burst of youth

Seminarians for the Australian Oratory

YOUNG Catholic seminarians have almost outnumbered the priests making their home in Australia’s first Oratory. The Brisbane Oratory in Formation welcomed Brisbane men Matthew Buckley, now known as Br Peter, and Conor Power to the community in September. Br Peter is a qualified civil engineer, and was a former member of the University of Queensland’s Newman Society and helped start ... Read More »

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