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Rosies remembers 30 years since first mission to Schoolies

Rosies youth shelter

THIRTY years ago a group of 28 young adults embarked on a unique and adventurous mission – to provide safe activities for Schoolies flocking to Surfers Paradise. Little did they know that their faith, determination and sense of purpose that created Rosies Gold Coast would be alive and strong today, with final preparations for Schoolies 2017. Schoolies was very different ... Read More »

Kickboxing champion continues his fight to live but family hope to relocate to Iran

Masoud and Fatemeh

FORMER kickboxing champion Masoud Abdollah Pouri marked his 37th birthday recently – inside an aged-care nursing home in Brisbane’s northern suburbs. The one-time member of Iran’s elite Thai kickboxing team has a hypoxic brain injury. He cannot speak, is unable to move most of his body, and is in the constant care of his mother Fatemeh and younger brother Edris. ... Read More »

Is there a Latin Mass revival in Brisbane’s country towns?

Latin Mass in Mt Perry

TRADITIONAL Latin Mass could be set for a mini revival in rural churches around Brisbane. Dozens of worshippers braved heavy rain and flooding to attend Mass in the extraordinary form at St Patrick’s Church in the historic gold-mining town of Mt Perry, west of Bundaberg, last month. There was high praise for the Latin Mass from Oratory in Formation moderator ... Read More »

Australian bishops urge action over 600 asylum seekers fearing for their life on Manus

manus island protesters

AMID public protests, vigils and picketing of politician’s offices, the Catholic Church and United Nations are spearheading criticism of the Australian Government over its handling of asylum seekers on Manus Island. The future of about 600 men left on Manus remains in limbo after their refusal to leave the processing centre amid fears for their safety. The PNG Supreme Court ... Read More »

‘Jesus said … I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink’, Sr Marella Rebgetz is following his teachings

THERE aren’t too many religious sisters who can claim to be water engineers. However, Good Samaritan Sister Marella Rebgetz has always had a practical, scientific bent of mind and has put her talents to use. Last month she was elected to the congregation’s new leadership team until 2023, and she is committed to the Good Sams’ Statement of Directions, which ... Read More »

Townsville’s bishops call for protection of Galilee Basin in joint pastoral statement

CATHOLIC and Anglican bishops in Townsville have criticised the dangers of  “projected mega-mining developments across Queensland, especially the Galilee Basin”, and environmental damage being inflicted on the Great Barrier Reef and the water resources of the Artesian Basin. “As Christians and people of the world, every one of us has been called to care for the gift of creation both ... Read More »

Iona College’s first student returns for 60th anniversary celebrations

Fr Bill Ousley

BILL Ousley was the first young student to step through the gates of Iona College 60 years ago. He was schooled by priests of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) from Year 6 to graduation, and it was their inspiration that led him to become a priest himself. “Because they were a community. I always noticed that,” Fr Ousley ... Read More »

Columban priest a voice for Taiwan’s voiceless

Fr Peter O'Neill

COLUMBAN missionary Father Peter O’Neill knows what modern slavery looks like. For 26 years, Fr O’Neill, from Geelong, lived among poor and abused migrant workers in Taiwan. He ran migrant shelters, provided pastoral support and advocated for human rights – a task he now describes as a privilege. “It held my faith in God, a God of justice, a God ... Read More »

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