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Bishop Joseph Oudeman

Bishop Joseph Oudeman CONGRATULATIONS Bishop John, as you celebrate 65 years of priestly life and ministry. Forty years ago you were also chosen to be bishop, in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Your election to be a bishop at that time was an endorsement of the quality of your priestly ministry. Outstanding was your love for and contribution to social justice ... Read More »

A memory of the heart

Picthing in: Bishop John Gerry helps out with the washing up during a visit to Boystown, Beaudesert, in 1989.

By Paul Dobbyn  BISHOP John Gerry’s rolled-up-sleeves approach to ministry is captured in a photo taken of him washing up with some young chaps at Boystown in 1989. “I was very happy to have that as my image in a history of the archdiocese,” he said, smiling at the memory as he surveyed the view from the balcony of his ... Read More »

Equipped for growth

CAMPUS Ministry has been at the heart of Australian Catholic University from the university’s foundation a quarter of a century ago. Keeping that focus alive and relevant is a challenge for any organisation, and ACU is adapting to the rapid growth of students and staff on campus with renewed vigour. The university has introduced a new model of Campus Ministry, ... Read More »

Spirit in the City to inspire

Thriving chaplaincy: QUT chaplain Fr Bavin Clark (centre) with students and Freedom missionaries Amanda Schoenfelder, Gerard Lai, Arnaud Hurdoyal and Grace Rutty handing out pamphlets for their upcoming conference in July.

“SPIRIT in the City 2015” is a conference organised by QUT Chaplaincy addressing the biggest challenges facing the Catholic faith through atheism, science, media, technology and the movies. Is faith simply a matter of the heart? Is it little more than private opinion having no bearing on public policy as we are seeing through the push for gay marriage? Is ... Read More »

YAM welcomes in heart of city

MEANING can appear superficial amidst the city’s never-ending advertisements. When the commercial emphasis is so often on staying young and appearing “perfect”, how does someone truly grow up to navigate the challenges of authentic adulthood? The St Stephen’s Cathedral Young Adults Ministry welcomes young men and women to encounter Christ through sharing prayer, fellowship, formation and good works. The group’s ... Read More »

New institute is all about shaping beautiful minds

A NEW institute in Brisbane believes that the purpose of going to university is greater than mere job training. The Millis Institute, housed at Christian Heritage College, views the goal of higher education as learning how to think. The institute is led by Dr Ryan Messmore, a frequent speaker at Faith on Tap and Ignite, whose story appeared last year ... Read More »

One purpose at Ignite Conference

Auxiliary Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli

MORE than 1000 young people, ministry leaders, teachers, parents, priests and religious from across Australia are preparing to converge on Redcliffe for the annual Ignite Conference from September 24 to 27. Organised by Ignite Youth, a ministry of Brisbane’s Emmanuel Community, the Ignite Conference is the largest Catholic youth conference of its kind in Australia. The theme for this year’s ... Read More »

NET Ministries teams breaking new ground

Missionary mindset: Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Envangelii Gaudium, Shayne Bennett (right) has asked Renee and Mark Doyle (NET Ministries Australia), Amanda Schoenfelder (Freedom Ministries), Travis Schoenfelder, Robert Shroeders (Freedom Ministires), and Niamh Healy to train the next generation of Catholic missionaries.

NET (National Evangelisation Teams) Ministries is offering an opportunity that, until this year, has been uncharted territory for the organisation. Two new teams, called Freedom Launch Teams were established, and placed at University of Queensland in Brisbane, and Mannix College, Monash University, in Melbourne. These teams have been called to reach out to students and help raise the Catholic identity ... Read More »

Power to live life louder

Catholic experience: Everybody got loud when the music kicked in at the annual Powerhouse of Leaders.

HUNDREDS of excited student leaders from across Brisbane archdiocese descended on the Powerhouse for an inspirational day of spiritual formation and leadership. The 400 young leaders gathered to hear from a stunning line-up of inspiring guest speakers who encouraged them to go out and Live Louder – Live Life to the Full, the theme for the 2015 Powerhouse of Leaders. ... Read More »

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