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Praying mum from Cairns writes play for centenary of Fatima apparitions

IT’S not every day you meet a Beverley Cains.  When the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady to three children in Portugal was approaching in 2017, the teacher and matriarch set about to “retell this story in a play”. Born and educated in Cairns, the Marian devotee known as “Bev” was enthused by the lasting impact of the 1950s ... Read More »

Catholic couple from Brisbane Oratory parish didn’t want their nuptial Mass to end

AS Peter and Ellyn Gasparin approach their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, the Brisbane duo well remember the impact of Fr Adrian Sharp’s wedding homily in St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill, last September.  They remember not only because the wedding was in a church they’ve long admired, surrounded by a loving contingent of family and friends, including almost ... Read More »

Kym Keady passes on motherly wisdom to next generation of women in the Church

WHEN a beloved daughter marries there’s no doubt to be tears.  A month after Brisbane’s Kym Keady farwelled daughter Bethany into the joys of marriage on December 1, 2018, the Ignite Youth director put the tears into words.  She drew on the speech her and husband Patrick gave at the wedding to write an emotive letter first, coupling as an ... Read More »

Uncovering the parish priest who changed the tastebuds of Stanthorpe

WHEN Ian Bonaccorso began researching the life and pastoral legacy of the first parish priest of Stanthorpe from its foundation in 1874, he reconnected not only with his familial roots but also credited the Holy Spirit as the “driving force” behind the project. “Stanthorpe’s very dear to me,” Ian, who was baptised Ignatius, said of the parish, now in Toowoomba ... Read More »

New era dawns for Ipswich Catholic community

A NEW Church year heralded the amalgamation of four parishes to form Ipswich Catholic Community. The First Sunday of Advent Mass marked the official amalgamation of St Joseph’s, North Ipswich; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Leichhardt; St Brigid’s, Rosewood; and St Mary’s, Ipswich, in “a diverse cultural celebration”, pastoral assistant Benjamin Leschke said. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the Mass and ... Read More »

Young Kamilaroi woman Shaunah Downton wants to end post-natal depression among her people

SHAUNAH Downton isn’t your average graduating senior.  The 18-year-old was awarded early entry to study midwifery at Australian Catholic University, Banyo, following a school-based traineeship with Metro North Hospital and Health Service. From the Kamilaroi people in Mungindi, overlapping NSW and Queensland borders but with a NSW postcode, Shaunah was named Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the ... Read More »

South Sudanese and Italian migrant families share faith and hope

Leading with faith: FCI chaplain Scalabrinian Father Angelo Cagna with members of the Italian and Sudanese communities of Brisbane.

MIGRATING ​South Sudanese and Italian families share more than the hope found in settling in Brisbane. For 21 years, the local Italian Catholic Federation of Aspley-Geebung (FCI) ​and North Brisbane FCI have nurtured mutual support, cultural expression and faith sharing among their communities. This connection was celebrated when families and individuals gathered in St Gerard Majella parish on October 7. Scalabrinian Missionary Italian Chaplain ... Read More »

Prayer helps Fr Rob Galea deal with depression, anxiety, and stress

TWO days before, he was in America and it’s a reasonable guess where he’ll be this time next year. The Maltese-born priest, who’s called Australia home since 2007, hit the evangelisation ground running, now engaged with an estimated 1.6 million people across the globe per year.  His podcast listeners and YouTube subscribers could well tip that figure to hundreds of ... Read More »

‘I now believe’: The Catholic Church is winning over young people through Ignite Conference

young people praying

RENEWAL was the hope and lived experience of an estimated 1500 people of all ages from September 26-29 at the New Again-themed Ignite Youth Conference in Brisbane archdiocese. Inspired by the Book of Revelations scripture of, “Behold, I am making all things new” (21:5), Ignite Youth, an arm of Emmanuel Community, provided the platform for four dynamic days of sacraments, ... Read More »

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