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Expert helping make chaplains job a little easier

PRISON and hospital chaplains working in the Brisbane archdiocese set an historic first when meeting with abuse prevention expert Monica Applewhite last month. Centacare pastoral ministries director Judy Norris, whose role covers Catholic Prison Ministry, said Dr Applewhite’s visit marked the first time archdiocesan chaplains had been in the same room together. “It is the first time prison and hospital ... Read More »

Cathedral grounds alive with youth for Catholic Education Week

By Emilie Ng HUNDREDS of Queensland Catholic school students marked the beginning of Catholic Education Week with energetic festivities at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral. Brisbane Catholic Education hosted the first Festival of Education during the week, inviting Catholic students from across Queensland. Schools as far as the Gold Coast to North Queensland took time to celebrate Catholic education in the ... Read More »

On the edge

By Peter Bugden  IT’S almost Ekka time in Brisbane and excited youngsters are making choices about showbags and rides, while others around the city will be lucky if they go to school with food in their lunchboxes. That’s the reality highlighted in a national report identifying Australia’s most disadvantaged communities. Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia released the ... Read More »

Order helping the homeless

WHEN Judge Michael Rackemann hands out coats to the homeless there are no judgements attached. “Anyone can finish up living on the streets,” the Brisbane District Court judge said. “It is heartening as I walk around Brisbane to see, from time to time, people making good use of the coats. “But to be perfectly frank, I find that in this ... Read More »

Taking it to the streets

CATHOLICS at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank, are hoping a parish conference on evangelisation will help bring the Church out of the pews and into the world. Steven Bird and John Thomas, parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank, have watched each other evangelise outside of the pews as co-workers at St Thomas More College, Sunnybank. “It’s something I do ... Read More »

Hope for the suffering

MINISTERING Holy Communion to her dying relative led Camp Hill parishioner Mary Thomas to offer hope to people with chronic pain at Brisbane’s St Vincent’s Private Hospital. The St Vincent’s Brisbane Pain Management Service programs co-ordinator first noticed the hospital’s dedicated care for patients after ministering to her cousin. “My cousin was dying of breast cancer here and I was ... Read More »

Big step in the right direction

By Michael Crutcher MONICA Applewhite was removing her shoes at an airport security station when she had a thought about changing community attitudes towards sexual abuse. “Twenty years ago, no one was walking with bare feet through an airport,” Dr Applewhite, an expert in abuse prevention and response, told a gathering in Brisbane recently. “Now, we all accept it. That’s ... Read More »

Ambassadors hope to inspire Queensland students to serve

By Emilie Ng WORKMATES Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett are living proof that Catholic education helps young people change lives. Catholic schooling put the 20-year-olds in touch with Brisbane’s struggling homeless and inspired them to establish their successful free mobile laundry service, Orange Sky Laundry. The former St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace students started serving the homeless through their high school’s ... Read More »

Discount dining for religious

By Emilie Ng STEAK paired with a good red wine will cost 10 per cent less for Oratory priest Fr Paul Chandler whenever he visits Brisbane’s Norman Hotel. Under the restaurant and bar’s new owner, Catholic businessman James Power, religious men and women will get a 10 per cent discount on any meals bought at Brisbane’s “worst vegetarian restaurant”. Mr ... Read More »

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