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Aboriginal elder who became Australia’s first permanent deacon turns 80

LAST month the people of Wadeye, Northern Territory, celebrated the 80th birthday of Deacon Boniface Perdjert. Deacon Boniface is senior elder of the Kardu Diminin clan and Murrinhpatha language speaker, and the traditional owner of the land on which the town of Wadeye (Port Keats) is built. He is also Australia’s first permanent deacon and well known to Missionaries of ... Read More »

Brisbane ranked 13th highest region with homelessness

  BRISBANE ranks 13th highest in the country for regions affected by homelessness, St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state president John Forrest announced as he launched Vinnies’ Winter Appeal for 2016.  There are 9700 homeless people in Brisbane on any given night, an alarming 1.97 per cent of the population, and Queensland takes out five of the nation’s top ... Read More »

Volunteer inspires patients at St Vincent’s Private Hospital

Venus Ganis

ST Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane volunteer artist Venus Ganis is connecting with and inspiring young people who take part in the Hospital’s LEAP into Life pain management program.  The program runs for two weeks every school holidays and helps young people from 14 years, who live with chronic pain, to better understand and manage their pain.  It is the only adolescent ... Read More »

Pledging energies to the Church

Fourviere

MEMBERS of the Marist Family are preparing to celebrate the bi-centenary of Fourvière. On July 23, 1816 twelve young and newly ordained priests made a promise to form a society under the name and inspiration of Mary.  Fourvière is a very special Marian shrine on the top of a hill in Lyon, France.  It was a long climb up the ... Read More »

Brigidine students win 2016 Premier’s Anzac Prize

Brigidine students

STUDENTS at Brigidine College are helping to keep the Anzac spirit alive for this generation of students. When Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones announced the recipients of the prestigious 2016 Premier’s Anzac Prize, two of the eight recipients were Brigidine students.  Year 12 Brigidine College winners Sophie Austin and Tia Shadford will be in Gallipoli and at the Western Front ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory turns one in May

MAY 26 this year marks the first anniversary of the formal beginning of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation.  On that day last year the decree of Archbishop Mark Coleridge came into effect placing the Oratory in Annerley-Ekibin parish for its beginning.  A further two years must be spent in this formation mode before a petition can be presented to the ... Read More »

Five more join the Divine Word Missionaries

Divine Word Missionaries

FIVE young men have taken their perpetual vows as Divine Word Missionaries over the past year and all five will be sent out from Australia to take up missionary assignments in other countries. Anthony Li, Marianus Supardi, Michael Wu, Laurensisus Woda and Uili Uvea took their vows in March last year before a packed congregation in St Paschal’s Chapel, Box ... Read More »

Dominicans have been on earth for 800 years

Order of Preachers

In 1215 the Magna Carta was signed at Runnymede and in Rome the Fourth Lateran Council declared that no new religious order was to be founded unless it accepted an already approved rule. This meant that St Dominic, who was in Rome hoping for approval of his new order, had to travel back empty-handed to his Brothers in Toulouse, France.  ... Read More »

The day I put on my habit was the day I “put on Christ”

Sr Teresa Rose

NO matter how long I have followed Christ in religious life, I am officially called a Sister of St Paul de Chartres only from the day I took the religious habit – to “put on Christ”. After almost one year of formation in the postulancy, I received my religious habit on July 25 last year in Saigon novitiate in Vietnam, ... Read More »

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