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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 »

Exhibition sheds light on faith of artists

By Emilie Ng ART and faith mixed on canvases, photographs and even sculptures at this year’s Cathedral of St Stephen Art Group’s (COSSAG) winter exhibition. More than 60 artists exhibited works from July 3-6, working on the theme, “Let there be light”, from Genesis 1:3. COSSAG chairwoman and contemporary painter Michelle Bowden said more than 300 people walked through the exhibition ... Read More »

Fr Ho Lung found Christ in the poor

By Emilie Ng GHETTO priest and founder of Jamaica’s fastest growing religious community Fr Richard Ho Lung told Brisbane Catholics last week true happiness is found in the poor. The founder of the Missionaries of the Poor visited Australia for the first time, accompanied by fellow MOP priests Fr Henry Lozano and Philippines mission leader Fr Ambrose Kulandairaj, and the ... Read More »

God’s people need healing

By Emilie Ng NEW Farm’s Catholic parish priest is reaching out to people suffering with emotional afflictions and giving them hope in the Church. Scalabrinian Father Ignacio Rodriguez believes healing Masses can help the high numbers of people suffering from depression and other “emotional afflictions”. “I can see a lot of needs regarding emotional afflictions,” Fr Rodriguez said. “There’s lots ... Read More »

True Aussie diamond celebrates jubilee year

By Paul Dobbyn DIAMOND jubilarian Fr Ivan Hernon (pictured) had a very special guest to a celebration luncheon and home Mass at Scarborough recently – an old friend who had served at the priest’s first Mass at Coorparoo 60 years ago. The retired Cairns diocesan priest and his mate Alf Roughan, of Mitchelton, enjoyed reminiscing on that first Mass at the ... Read More »

Parishioner tells of wife’s ordeal

By Paul Dobbyn GERARD Ndagijimana, a parishioner of St Paul’s, Woodridge, had an alarming story to share with a gathering about community safety in Logan last week. The Logan Assembly, organised by the Queensland Community Alliance (QCA) and strongly supported by the local Catholic community, was held on July 7 at Crestmead’s St Francis College. Mr Ndagijimana said his wife ... Read More »

Sacred lessons to learn

By Peter Bugden JESUS’ call to the apostles to go out on mission taking nothing for the journey except a staff holds wisdom for Australians seeking justice for indigenous people, Fr Gerry Hefferan said at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane last Sunday. Fr Hefferan, who is part-time chaplain for Centacare’s Murri Ministry, was celebrating the archdiocese’s annual National Aboriginal and ... Read More »

Alive in the Spirit

By Emilie Ng PRAYING “without holding back” with 1000 priests for five days convinced Brisbane Catholic Charismatic Renewal liaison priest Fr Francis Onwunali the Church is still alive. Fr Onwunali represented Queensland at the third World Retreat of Priests in Rome, organised by the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS). Catholic Charismatic Renewal Brisbane sponsored Fr Onwunali to attend the ... Read More »

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