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New MSC heads off on a 1400cc

NEWLY ordained Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Father Patrick Mara is embarking on a pilgrimage with a difference this month, aboard a 1400cc motorbike. The ride will be a “spiritual journey” for the priest, who is making a 4600km ride from Sydney to Darwin, where he will minister in a parish, detention centre and prison until the end of the ... Read More »

Families to witness best of Queensland at 2014 Ekka

TWO dollars an hour is all it costs to experience world-class entertainment and Queensland’s best in agriculture, food and wine at this year’s Royal Queensland Show, the Ekka. The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland has this year invested $2 million in free entertainment at the show to ensure budget-conscious families can enjoy the best-value event of its ... Read More »

Students and Josephite teachers still friends after their college’s 50 years

By Emilie Ng BANYO Nundah parish secretary Pauline O’Donnell still has a close relationship with the Sisters of St Joseph who taught her 50 years ago. Mrs O’Donnell was one of the original students from Mary MacKillop College’s official opening in 1965. The college was originally named Mount St Joseph’s College. Commencing as a Year 8 student in 1965, Mrs ... Read More »

‘Innovative’ college named after Australian saint turns 50

MARY MacKillop College, Nundah, proudly celebrates 50 years of Josephite secondary education – and the rich heritage which precedes it – on August 10. In July 1915, Archbishop James Duhig purchased the convent property and invited the Sisters of St Joseph to come from Sydney to open a school at Nundah. The Sisters arrived in January 1916 and opened a ... Read More »

Capuchins share their spirit with youth

CAPUCHIN Franciscans shared their love of Jesus Christ and the spirit of their life in the way of St Francis with about 80 young people in the Royal National Park, NSW, recently. The young people from NSW, Victoria and Queensland participated in the first National Capuchin Franciscan Youth Fest from June 26-29. The youth fest featured international Capuchin speakers Bishop ... Read More »

God taking the lead in the dance of life

THE first time God inspired me with the sense of a calling to the religious life, I was about 16 years old. I had been reading a small book and through it God spoke – though I could not picture how that would become a reality. Rather, I had my eyes set on a career in dance, and pursued this ... Read More »

Vocations are calls to centre life on Christ and build up God’s kingdom

A VOCATION to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage is a call to centre one’s life on Christ and build up his kingdom, Pope Francis said. “The more we unite ourselves to Jesus through prayer, sacred Scripture, the Eucharist, the sacraments celebrated and lived in the Church and in fraternity, the more there will grow in us the joy of ... Read More »

Called to live a full life

CATHOLIC educators in Queensland are using Catholic Education Week (July 27-August 2) as an opportunity to follow Christ’s challenge to live life to the full. This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is “Come, live life in all its fullness”. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Mike Byrne said the 2014 theme confirmed the nature of Catholic education today. “Reflecting this ... Read More »

University-led program is a game changer in tackling binge drinking

BINGE drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence remain key concerns for Australian culture. The most recent statistics show that 37 per cent of Australians are affected by alcohol-related violence. The Queensland Government has targeted binge drinking with plans to develop new education material on alcohol and drugs aimed at students in Years 7-12. “Game On: Know Alcohol”, or “GO:KA”, is an evidence-based ... Read More »

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