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Always open to the Holy Spirit

HELPING people “fall in love with Jesus” – how’s that for a job description? There probably should be more words around that but that’s at the heart of what Mike Humphrys has been doing in Brisbane archdiocese for the past 24 years. His job title when he retired at the end of last year was associate director with Evangelisation Brisbane ... Read More »

Rosemary’s a hero who puts God first

THE moment Rosemary Kariuki set foot in Australia she gave thanks to God, and now Australia is giving thanks in return. Known affectionately as “Big Mama Rosemary” in Sydney’s western suburbs, she’s the NSW Local Hero in the 2021 Australian of the Year awards. Ms Kariuki, who migrated from Kenya in 1999, is being honoured for her outstanding work helping ... Read More »

Nambour farewells priest who was ‘part of the family’

FR Graham Gatehouse has been “part of the family” in Nambour parish for 20 years and now he’s moving on as he retires in his 50th year of priesthood. Fr Gatehouse celebrated his final Masses as parish priest at St Joseph’s on the weekend of January 2 and 3. John McGowan, thanking Fr Gatehouse on behalf of parishioners, said he ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics look back on the highs and lows of the 2011 floods

MEMORIES of nine families taking refuge under one roof and the tide of community spirit that rose after South-East Queensland’s 2011 floods loom large for Ravina Waldren as the 10th anniversary of the disaster comes around. Ms Waldren, co-ordinator of Murri Ministry, was among the first to rally supporters to respond to the desperate need of flood victims across Brisbane ... Read More »

Gratitude is overflowing as Fr John Chalmers retires from Centacare

Fr John Chalmers

“GRATITUDE” was a word Centacare chief Peter Selwood used as he prepared to farewell the “much loved” Fr John Chalmers and “gratitude” is what fills Fr John as he heads into retirement. November 27 was Fr John’s last day as Mission an Formation director at Centacare Brisbane, and with 47 years of priesthood under his belt he pondered what it ... Read More »

Pandemic increased the need for healing prayer, Charismatic community leader says

CATHOLIC Charismatic Renewal Brisbane is experiencing an increased demand for healing prayer as pandemic restrictions ease. With some people having turned to CCR prayer ministers online during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s face-to-face healing prayer they’re seeking now. “While we offered healing prayer online following COVID lockdown and some took up that opportunity, during the last month, the number of people ... Read More »

Love of God in full bloom

BILL Coombes has made it onto national television twice because of the beauty of his orchids – once was after one of Brisbane’s floods had wiped out his whole collection, about 600 plants. The late Colin Campbell visited Bill’s backyard at Fairfield twice for ABC’s Gardening Australia, first to tell the story of his loss and then to return and ... Read More »

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