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Missionary of Jesus named among TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020

STANDING toe-to-toe with United States President Donald Trump over the Mexico-US border policy launched Sister Norma Pimentel into the public spotlight last year. This year, Sr Pimentel was named among TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people, which was released today. Sr Pimentel, who is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus and executive director of the Catholic Charities of Rio ... Read More »

Tolhursts celebrate golden wedding anniversary in unexpected way

TERRY and Rita Tolhurst toasted 50 years of marriage in a way they “had never anticipated” with 30 family members on the screen via Zoom on August 17. The couple said the day was “absolutely brilliant” even if they couldn’t meet up in person. Their anniversary day started with a specially live-streamed Monday Mass celebrated by Bracken Ridge parish priest ... Read More »

Regents Park celebrates 40 years of faithful parish life

REGENTS Park parishioner John McClelland watched St Bernadine’s go from “just shrub” to a bustling Catholic community as he looked back on the 40th anniversary of the parish last Sunday. “We’ve gone from strength to strength,” Mr McClelland, who is a member of the Order of Australia, said. He chalked it up to community cohesion. “We come together and we ... Read More »

Catholic migrant supporting refugees says Federal Government finally speaking his language

SUNNYBANK parishioner Protais Muhirwa welcomed the Federal Government’s pledge for a billion dollar splash into English language teaching programs but he has warned cash would not solve low success rates for many. Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge flagged the changes to the Adult Migrant English Program at the National Press Club on August 28. Mr Tudge said the program already ... Read More »

Queensland’s church history pieced together in Fr Chris Hanlon’s new book

ITALIAN troops had breached a point in the Aurelian Walls while Pope Pius IX’s forces mounted the defence of Rome, and caught in the skirmish, comforting the wounded and dying Papal Zouaves, was Brisbane’s first Bishop James Quinn. He was in Rome for the First Vatican Council when the Papal States fell to Kingdom of Italy on September 20, 1870. ... Read More »

Fr Harry Chan looks back on ten years of freedom since his solemn profession

A MILD mannered and soft-spoken Franciscan Friar had firm words for the pandemic – “do not let the fear stop you serving God and the Church and the people”. Franciscan Father Harry Chan likened the COVID-19 pandemic to the rampant spates of leprosy in the days of his order’s founder, St Francis of Assisi. “Still, St Francis and the early ... Read More »

Centacare is celebrating the resiliency of older Australians this Seniors Week

OUT with the knitting and in with the iPads. Okay, maybe not totally out with the knitting – but Desley Chorlton said people would be amazed by how quickly older Australians picked up on new technology. Mrs Chorlton is the Centacare Brisbane North and Moreton Bay area general manager and has been busy for Seniors Week, setting up events to ... Read More »

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