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Veterans find new hope

By Peter Bugden MANY military veterans dealing with mental illness have found embracing faith to be a vital component in their rehabilitation, Deacon Gary Stone said. Deacon Stone, a chaplain to the ex-service community in Brisbane archdiocese and founder of the ministry Veterans Care, made the comment in the lead-up to World Mental Health Day on October 10. Australian Catholic ... Read More »

Faithful adorers see miracles

By Emilie Ng UNBROKEN prayers before Jesus in Eucharistic adoration inspired a lapsed Catholic man to make his first Confession last month, among other miracles at a Brisbane parish. Samoan-born Elisabeth Fraser believes the prayers from her rostered adoration time at the Banyo-Nundah parish inspired her husband’s return to the faith. “Since Adoration started in the parish, it has helped ... Read More »

Sisters write special letter of mercy to Pope Francis

By Peter Bugden QUEENSLANDER Sr Berneice Loch has signed a letter of deep gratitude to Pope Francis on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy around the world. Sr Loch, formerly of Rockhampton diocese, signed the letter as president of the Mercy International Association. She is also leader of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The ... Read More »

Living Mater values

By Peter Bugden ANITA Covington was drawn to work at Mater Hospital Brisbane because of its values, now she’s being honoured for the way she lives them. Ms Covington, a social worker and the Healthy Ageing co-ordinator at the hospital, received the 2015 Mercy Week Mission Award at a ceremony on Mercy Day, September 24, which is also the feast ... Read More »

Day for justice

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrating Social Justice Sunday last weekend repeated his claim that Australia’s asylum-seeker policy is “a moral failure”. Archbishop Coleridge was preaching at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral and picked up on the theme of the Australian Catholic bishops’ 2015 Social Justice Statement – “For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for ... Read More »

Engaging faith and culture

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

By Michael Crutcher BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge said balancing faith and culture in the modern world would be the key factor facing bishops at the Synod on the family. Archbishop Coleridge (pictured) is one of two Australian bishops in Rome for the synod from October 4-25. The gathering was called early last year by Pope Francis to “confront the new and ... Read More »

Taking time to heal

By Michael Crutcher THE trauma of war in the Middle East may mean that new arrivals to Brisbane archdiocese “need time to settle”, according to one of the city’s most experienced migration agents and community workers. Rebecca Lim, a former community engagement co-ordinator at Dutton Park’s Romero Centre, said the Syrian and Iraqi refugees who would be welcomed to the ... Read More »

Top models of charity

By Emilie Ng NEW York Fashion Week has competition in a group of Catholic women who braved the catwalk to raise money for a volunteer group in their parish. Three of Darra-Jindalee’s “mature and discerning” women parishioners became models for a day in a bid to help the parish’s Care and Concern group, which provides assistance to house-bound, sick and elderly ... Read More »

Happy to serve in Australia

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S latest intake of Nigerian priests were surprised to find Mass rarely stretched past one hour in Australia. Fr Chukwuemeka “Emeka” Onwubiko and Fr Kevin Njoku arrived in Brisbane this month after a long journey from Umuahia diocese, Nigeria, where Mass can take up to two hours on any given Sunday. “There are slight differences with the ... Read More »

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