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Emotion hits as bishop takes up call to lead in regional Victoria

SANDHURST’S new shepherd showed his love for the people of God when he failed to hold back tears during his first address as the Bishop of Sandhurst. Bishop Shane McKinlay, who was ordained the eighth Bishop of Sandhurst on October 16, made a bittersweet farewell to the parishes of Bungaree and Gordon, where he has called home for 15 years. ... Read More »

Catholic Church to dedicate November as month to pray for drought-busting rain

ACROSS a parched Australia the Church is dedicating November as a month to pray for those touched by crippling drought, and to pray for rain. Parishes, schools, families and Catholic communities across the country are being encouraged to take part in the National Prayer Campaign for Drought, which also invites people to dig deep and provide assistance to those in need. ... Read More »

Sandhurst seminarian says vocation to priesthood freeing, not crazy

Family joy: Deacon Adi Indra (second from left) celebrates his ordination to the diaconate with his parents, Yanti and Hasan Indra and sister Eveline Indra. Photos: PNAC (Rome)

SEMINARIAN and former intern at The Catholic Leader, Adi Indra, can tick getting ordained over the burial site of the first pope from his bucket list. The Indonesian-born seminarian for the Sandhurst diocese in Victoria was ordained a deacon on October 3 at St Peter’s Basilica which, in Catholic tradition, is known as the place where St Peter was buried. ... Read More »

NDIS enabling 1000 Centacare clients to reach their full potential

Centacare client Zac Kimber, his mum and Archbishop Coleridge

ZAC Kimber is achieving his personal best in all that he does, thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Mr Kimber was one of more than 1000 Centacare clients who transitioned to NDIS since July 2017 and he commemorated the milestone at a social event with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge on September 26. The event, held at the Archbishop’s house ... Read More »

Knights of the Southern Cross continue to spread God’s word

Knight in shining armour: Kippa-Ring parishioner and long-time Knight of the Southern Cross Hugh O’Donnell at Ignite Conference 2019. Photo: Joe Higgins

LAY men need to rediscover their niche in the Church, Kippa-Ring parishioner Hugh O’Donnell says. Retired men, working men, fathers, brothers, sons – the Church needed men and men wanted to give of their time and talents according to their “niche”, he said. Enter, the Knights of the Southern Cross. “If I was in olden days, I’d have a sword ... Read More »

Helen Plant grateful for her small Impact in Uganda

Making a difference: Helen Plant showing off the hand-made Rosary beads from Uganda at the Impact stall at the Ignite Conference in Brisbane recently.

EDUCATION is what lifts a country out of poverty, says Helen Plant, who has returned from her fifth trip to the Holy Trinity Community in Masaka, Uganda. Mrs Plant and seven others from mission outreach group Impact Uganda, an Emmanuel Community ministry, met with sponsor children and community members over the course of two weeks. Impact supports about 120 Ugandan ... Read More »

Visiting priest from drought devastated region says ‘thanks’

Brisbane visit: Fr Jayanthi Maddala (left), of Blackall/Tambo parish, is with Bracken Ridge parish priest Fr Gerry Hefferan in St Joseph’s Church, Bracken Ridge.

A PRIEST took time away from his parish in the heart of drought-ravaged country Queensland recently to visit Brisbane and say “Thank you”. Fr Jayanthi Maddala, who ministers in the Central West Queensland parish of Blackall/Tambo in Rockhampton diocese, visited the Parish of St Joseph and St Anthony at Bracken Ridge in Brisbane’s northern suburbs to thank the community there ... Read More »

South Sudanese and Italian migrant families share faith and hope

Leading with faith: FCI chaplain Scalabrinian Father Angelo Cagna with members of the Italian and Sudanese communities of Brisbane.

MIGRATING ​South Sudanese and Italian families share more than the hope found in settling in Brisbane. For 21 years, the local Italian Catholic Federation of Aspley-Geebung (FCI) ​and North Brisbane FCI have nurtured mutual support, cultural expression and faith sharing among their communities. This connection was celebrated when families and individuals gathered in St Gerard Majella parish on October 7. Scalabrinian Missionary Italian Chaplain ... Read More »

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