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New style of pastoral leadership introduced for the Central West

A NEW model of pastoral leadership is being trialled in the central west of Rockhampton  diocese to combat the challenges posed to  sacramental ministry because of the vast  distances between the remote parish communities. Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy appointed Carmelite of Mary Immaculate Father Shaiju Lookose and Heralds of Good News Father Raj Kodavatikanti as priests “in solidum” to the ... Read More »

University’s Catholic society says friendships not formal talks more effective at growing community

UQ Newman Society

By Jonathan Yap FRIENDSHIPS can often make or break a student’s university experience, but Catholics at the University of Queensland believe having good mates can also deepen a person’s faith. UQ Newman Society president Georgina Devenish-Meares said friendships were more effective than formal talks in developing faith formation. “I wouldn’t say we get a lot of formal formations at chaplaincy, ... Read More »

First Aboriginal man to graduate ACU proud of daughter’s Indigenous scholarship win

Philip Dreise

PHILLIP Dreise said the biggest thing that shocked him was how little the current generation knew about the histories of the Stolen Generations. “That goes for Indigenous and non-Indigenous kids,” the Australian Catholic University lecturer and father-of-four said. “They just don’t believe it could happen to real people and they don’t know the stories behind it. “That’s why I love ... Read More »

Brisbane bishop says caring for creation at heart of faith

Creation forum

CATHOLICS in Brisbane have been reminded that caring for creation is a central part of their faith. Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell stressed the point when speaking at a Living Laudato Si’ forum hosted by Stafford parish last weekend. Bishop Howell was sharing his insights on the call to ecological conversion made by Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical Laudato ... Read More »

Verbum Dei missionary releases Lenten program in Australia

Sr Maeve Heany

SINGING missionary and theology lecturer Sr Maeve Heaney has written a Lenten program designed to lead Catholics through forms of prayer “essential” to understanding the meaning of conversion in Lent. Titled “light from within”, the new program includes prayerful reflections on the Sunday Gospels in Lent (Year A) and four new songs written by Sr Heaney, a consecrated missionary sister ... Read More »

Relics of saintly family offer lessons on holiness during Brisbane pilgrimage

Carmelites with relics

THE earthly remains of three ordinary family members, better known as St Therese of Lisieux and her parents Sts Zelie and Louis Martin, imparted lessons in holiness and faith during their “visit from Heaven” in Brisbane last week. The saintly family drew thousands to their pilgrimage of Brisbane archdiocese between February 6 and February 15, part of a four-month tour ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell’s High Court appeal date set for March

THE High Court of Australia has set a date to hear Cardinal George Pell’s leave to appeal against his conviction for child sex abuse offences committed in the 1990s, when he was the Archbishop of Melbourne. The case will be heard on March 11 and 12 in Canberra, and is the final legal avenue for Australia’s most senior Catholic, who ... Read More »

Confession laws changed in Melbourne, similar legislation planned for Queensland

confession

LAWS in Victoria requiring priests to report child abuse to authorities – even if it’s heard in the confessional – came into effect last week, and the Queensland Government is planning similar legislation. It means that Catholic priests could be caught between their state law and Church canon law. In Victoria priests will be compelled to report child sexual abuse ... Read More »

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