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Prayers and tributes flow for former Iona student who died after shark attack

TRIBUTES are flowing for former Iona College student who died after a shark attack on the southern Great Barrier Reef. Queensland Parks and Wildlife ranger Zach Robba, aged 23 was flown to Gladstone Hospital with life threatening injuries, but died. Mr Robba was part of a group of rangers undertaking research and essential maintenance on North West Island. “This was ... Read More »

Fr Peter Conroy remembered as a dedicated servant of Jesus

RETIRED Brisbane archdiocese priest Fr Peter Conroy died on March 16 at St Vincent’s Hospital, Kangaroo Point. Fr Conroy was aged 81 and his health had been under strain for some time. He was born in Brisbane on May 12, 1938, one of four children, to Edward and Alma Conroy. His elder brother John and younger brother, Martin, both became ... Read More »

National Catholic Education offers fee relief for families hit by COVID-19

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CATHOLIC schools across Australia have committed to extending school fee relief for families facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins said Catholic schools have a long tradition of offering school fee relief and assistance to families facing financial difficulties. “Catholic schools keep their fees as affordable as possible, but we know many ... Read More »

Fr Tony Casey remembered as a gentle pastor

FORMER Coffs Harbour parish priest Fr Anthony John Casey, who died at the age of 90, was remembered as a gentle pastor and diligent worker at a Requiem Mass held at St Augustine’s Church.  Fr Casey died on January 8 in Ballina. Lismore Bishop Gregory Homeming and many priests of the diocese concelebrated the Mass on January 16.  In his ... Read More »

New Catholic college in Cairns named after St John Henry Newman

THE new secondary college planned for the James Cook University campus at Smithfield, Cairns, has been named Newman Catholic College. Cairns Bishop James Foley announced the name following community consultation and recommendations from the Catholic Northern Beaches Parish, whose parishioners strongly endorsed the recognition of the recently canonised St John Henry Newman (pictured). “Having spent considerable time with the writings ... Read More »

Catholics gear up for bushfire collections on Australia Day

CATHOLIC parishes across Australia are preparing to dig deep with special bushfire collections at Masses over the Australia Day weekend.  The national Church action is in support of the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, and to aid efforts connecting people in need with people who can help. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the collection on January 7, saying: ... Read More »

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