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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 »

Rosary group opens lapsed Catholic to possibility of becoming a priest

Dylan Asmus is discerning the call to the priesthood

DYLAN Asmus always keeps a rosary in his pocket; “you never know when you’re going to need it”, he said. Mr Asmus, 24, has joined the latest intake at Canali House in Herston where he is discerning priesthood, and credits his vocational call to a Rosary prayed at his home church Our Lady of the Way, Landsborough, in Caloundra parish. ... Read More »

Papua New Guinea Catholics calling for international aid to build church in the western highlands

A NEW parish of largely subsistence farmers in the Papua New Guinea western highlands is seeking international help to build a church of cathedral proportions. The 10,000 Catholics who live in the mountainous Sinsipai Sacred Heart parish congregate in a church made of corrugated iron sheeting. Their grand design is to build a massive house of worship set against the ... Read More »

Emmanuel Community moves Sunday masses to drop-in centre and it already ‘feels like home’

“YOU shouldn’t be surprised when God answers your prayers but for some reason … you still are surprised,” Emmanuel Community moderator Patrick Keady said, reflecting on the first three weeks of the community’s relocation of Sundays from Bardon to South Brisbane. Mr Keady and the Emmanuel Community leadership team had taken a risk repositioning their core ministry to the site ... Read More »

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