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Brisbane parish launches prayer campaign for peace in Iraq

Peace Prayer Vigil

BRISBANE Catholic families, “scared and terrified” for their relatives in Iraq, have taken heart from a prayer campaign launched last weekend (August 3). “It’s nice to know people are thinking of us,” Dina Nona said at the St Joseph and St Anthony Church, Bracken Ridge, in Brisbane, after an ecumenical prayer vigil for peace in Iraq and other troubled spots ... Read More »

Donna responding to Gospel truth

By Peter Bugden “NEW evangelisation” is a phrase often on the lips of popes and other Church leaders of recent times, but Brisbane Catholic Donna McDade has a slight twist for the work she does among young people. It’s called “super stealth evangelisation”. It’s what happens when she lives her Catholic faith in running retreats and workshops for school students ... Read More »

Servants of Christ

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge warned the two men he ordained on June 27 that faithfulness to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was costly, but assured them that “it alone can open the door to joy”. Archbishop Coleridge ordained Fr Leonard Uzuegbu and Fr Marty Larsen at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of ... Read More »

Joy a sign of God’s presence

By Peter Bugden TURNING 80 earlier this year, Christian Brother Brian Grenier knows well at least one of the graces of growing old and he appreciates that grace day by day. It’s the grace of finding a little more time for prayer. Br Grenier, who has lived a busy life on many levels – teaching from Gympie to Rome, Grade ... Read More »

Deacons focus on Joy of the Gospel

deacon retreat

BRISBANE archdiocese’s deacons and their wives focused on the teachings of Pope Francis at their annual retreat recently. The retreat, led by Columban Father Trevor Trotter, was held at the Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston. Fr Trotter gave six guided reflections on key themes emerging from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Deacon Gary Stone ... Read More »

Blessed day

By Peter Bugden BISHOP Michael McCarthy, celebrating his first ordination since becoming Bishop of Rockhampton, assured two new deacons the people they served would call out their pastoral gifts. Bishop McCarthy, whose episcopal ordination was on May 29, ordained Andrew Hogan and Stephen Camiolo to the transitional diaconate at Holy Spirit Chapel, Banyo, on June 19 as they work towards ... Read More »

New evangelisation leader for Brisbane archdiocese

By Peter Bugden SOCIAL justice advocate Clyde Cosentino is the first director of Brisbane archdiocese’s new agency Evangelisation Brisbane. Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the appointment on June 11 “after a nation-wide search” for the right person to head the new entity which replaced the Faith and Life agency as a result of a review of archdiocesan services and ministries. Archbishop Coleridge ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese forming choir for one-off event


CATHOLICS of Brisbane archdiocese are being invited to be part of a choir and group of musicians at a one-off event at St Stephen’s Cathedral. The archdiocese’s Secretariat of Parish Pastoral Councils is forming a “whole of the archdiocese” choir to lead the music for the annual Parish Pastoral Council Commissioning Mass at the cathedral on July 6. Evangelisation Brisbane ... Read More »

Janelle’s at peace with her loving preacher man

By Peter Bugden EACH Sunday when Janelle Jones is listening to the homily at Mass she knows better than anyone else where the preacher is coming from – because the one doing the preaching is her husband. Janelle’s husband of 37 years, Michael Jones, is a deacon ministering in the Brisbane parish of St Peter’s, Rochedale-Springwood, where he and Janelle ... Read More »

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