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Catholic bookshops are pulpits and the pews are getting empty

St Paul's Book Centre manager Fr Thomas Manimala pulls out a book

A CATHOLIC treasure trove sitting outside St Stephen’s Cathedral has nourished evangelisation in Brisbane archdiocese for 23 years, but now faces “big problems” that could shut the automatic door forever.  St Paul’s Book Centre, which sells Bibles, spiritual books and religious items, was a city-favourite and cultural hub for many Brisbane Catholics. But dwindling vocations and soaring costs were behind ... Read More »

Springfield can’t contain its generosity, raising $16k for the poor

Mother and two children with overflowing collection of recyclable plastic bottles

PLASTIC bottles that would normally end up in the recycling bins of Springfield homes and businesses have become a tool for local Catholics to raise money for the poor. Parishioners from Our Lady of the Southern Cross Parish in Springfield, on Brisbane’s west, with help from numerous local businesses, raised $16,000 for returning 160,000 plastic drinking bottles through the Queensland ... Read More »

Where you can visit St Therese of Lisieux and her parents in Brisbane

St Therese of Lisieux

VENERATION of the relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Sts Louis and Zelie Martin, will be held in Brisbane churches in early February 2020. The first Brisbane parish to receive the relics will be Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Coorparoo, which is in the care of Carmelites – the order St Therese belonged to in life. Parish ... Read More »

Brisbane’s award-winning Catholic newspaper turns 90 today

Various front covers of The Catholic Leader since 1929

THE Catholic Leader has covered the lives, events and opinions of generations of Brisbane Catholics and – with this 5581st edition – we commemorate 90 years since the inaugural publication on December 5, 1929. Pre-dated by Brisbane Catholic publication The Catholic Age, later The Age, first published in 1892, The Catholic Leader remains Australia’s longest-serving Catholic newspaper.  Brisbane Archbishop Mark ... Read More »

‘Alive with history’, St Stephen’s Cathedral marks 30 years since dedication after 1989 renovations

A MONOLITHIC Roman-style basilica founded and abandoned at Cathedral Place in Fortitude Valley was one reason it took more than 100 years to dedicate St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane’s CBD. St Stephen’s was a cathedral that confounded expectations. Every visionary saw it differently – bigger or smaller or forgotten entirely – the similarity was that it was never originally meant to ... Read More »

Marist Fathers farewelled in Gladstone after 118 years

Marist Fathers farewelled in Gladstone

GLADSTONE parish said farewell to the last Marist Fathers who served the parish for 118 years at celebrations on November 23 and 24. Since 1901, there had been a succession of priests who ministered to the people of the city and the outlying towns and communities.  Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy said the presence of the Marist Fathers in the diocese ... Read More »

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