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Fr Canali’s legacy continues 100 years after death

Fr Canali’s grave at Nudgee

PRIESTS and lay Catholics remembered an “honoured figure” whose life not only shaped grand buildings but also vocations in the Brisbane archdiocese. Fr Joseph Canali, an Italian architect affectionately known as the Apostle of Brisbane, was invited to Brisbane by the archdiocese’s first episcopal leader Bishop James Quinn to complete St Stephen’s Cathedral. His work on the Cathedral led him ... Read More »

Friends needed at St Columba’s

Fr Michael Grace

WILSTON’S Catholic parish priest is making many friend requests this week but not to bulk up his social media accounts. Fr Michael Grace is calling on members of the community to be friends with St Columba’s church, which at 100 years old is in dire need of repairs. “I would say there are a number of issues that if left ... Read More »

History returns to St Mary’s

Writing history

Parish celebrations call back former organist and ‘treasured’ items ZIPPING through South Brisbane on a motorbike, John Feltoe stopped in at St Mary’s Catholic church to say a quick prayer before his study session. “It was dry times in those days,” Dr Feltoe said of his 1947 days. Produce trucks raced past the church, one of them dropping off an ... Read More »

Mighty innings from Br Roger

SCORING a century in Sydney grade cricket proved less admirable than entering a religious order for one of Brisbane’s Marist brothers. Br Roger Burke, was a skilled Queensland cricketer, when he left Marist College, Ashgrove, at 19 to spend a lifetime doing “something for God”. In 1954, the now 79 year old left Ashgrove “tearfully” for NSW’s southern highlands, where ... Read More »

Archdiocese’s ‘prayer powerhouse’ turns 50

ORMISTON’S unstoppable prayer powerhouse and home to a group of cloistered women religious turns 50 this year. The Carmelites in Ormiston, on Brisbane’s east, have prayed intimately with God inside the monastery’s walls since 1965. Before their present monastery existed, the Carmelites lived in a temporary house in Auchenflower, on Brisbane’s west. It took six years between purchasing the land ... Read More »

Proud of Catholic excellence

  QUEENSLAND’S education minister acknowledged one of the Church’s gifts to the sunshine state during the week-long salute to Catholic education last month. At the Brisbane launch of Catholic Education Week (July 26 to August 1), Minister Kate Jones said Catholic schools had been “at the forefront of education delivery even before Queensland was a state”. “And today nothing has ... Read More »

Mums and dads not just ‘fundraising machines’

CATHOLIC mum Kaylene Campbell doesn’t believe handing over a credit card to her son’s school is the best way to support his senior secondary education. The mother of two boys and Brisbane archdiocesan branch chair of the Federation of Parents’ and Friends’ Association believes in having an emotional investment with her son’s school at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. “And ... Read More »

Priest’s memory continues to inspire

TRIBUTES to an Italian architect whose death 100 years ago has fostered countless priestly vocations have spread throughout the city this week. Joseph Canali arrived in Brisbane in 1872 following a request from the city’s first episcopal leader, Bishop James Quinn, to complete works on St Stephen’s Cathedral. While working on the Cathedral he felt a call to the priesthood ... Read More »

Mission on the margins

fr kevin o'neill

ONE parish is more than a handful for any priest, but Fr Kevin O’Neill’s territory extends from Myanmar to Mexico, and many points in between. As Superior General of St Columban’s Mission Society, Fr O’Neill is leader of missionaries working in 16 countries around the world. Hailing from Geelong, Victoria, the 52-year-old joined the Columbans in 1984, was ordained in ... Read More »

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