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Farewell to Brisbane

By Peter Bugden  FR Anthony Ekpo, in Brisbane “on loan” from Nigeria for the past eight years, says he will carry the people of the archdiocese in his heart as he leaves for Rome. Fr Ekpo is being transferred to Rome to study canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University for the next three to five years. Having arrived eight ... Read More »

The days are jam-packed at St Vincent’s Kangaroo Point

The days are jam-packed at St Vincent’s Care Services Kangaroo Point

Residents at St Vincent’s Care Services Kangaroo Point are keeping very busy with a unique Creative Arts and Community Programme. Run by Diversional Therapists, this specially designed Programme caters for people with varying cognitive and physical abilities, including those with dementia. Clinical Governance Manager, Julie Matthews, says the Programme is about enhancing the wellbeing of each and every resident, regardless ... Read More »

‘Scattering’ with joy

By Paul Dobbyn EVANGELISATION Brisbane, with its focus on fine-tuning the vehicle of mission, is like a team of mechanics readily on hand to keep parishes throughout Brisbane archdiocese on the road. The team is also ready, willing and able to help with complete overhauls of parishes, which for one reason or another may be struggling with their mission. EB ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory together for first time

By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIA’S six Oratory priests have only lived together for one week but moderator Fr Paul Chandler believes the brotherhood has been established since birth. Fr Chandler, fellow Brisbane priest Fr Adrian Sharp, English-born and Sales-based priest Fr Andrew Wise, former Wagga Wagga diocesan priest Fr Scot Armstrong and Brothers Shawn Murphy and Francis King, are the first ... Read More »

Finance man talks faith with Catholic professionals

Financial services leader QIC chief executive officer Damien Frawley shares about faith complementing business practices at a recent Assembly of Catholic Professionals luncheon.

FINANCIAL services leader Damien Frawley honoured his Catholic faith during a speech to 200 Brisbane members of the Assembly of Catholic Professionals recently. The 52-year-old spoke on wearing his faith on his sleeve as a businessman and sportsman. As chief executive officer of Australian funds manager Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), Mr Frawley said religion was “at the core” of him ... Read More »

Catholic Education Week ambassadors to ignite students’ hearts

Serving schools: Orange Sky Laundry founders Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett with students from St James College, Spring Hill. Photo: Rene Marcel

By Emilie Ng FOUNDERS of Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless will take their custom-fitted van to Queensland Catholic schools as the official Catholic Education Week ambassadors. Nicholas Patchett and Lucas Marchesi founded Orange Sky Laundry in July 2014, less than three years after leaving high school at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. Now the former school mates will ... Read More »

Casey is taking on world’s top tennis players in Paris

Tennis ace: Brisbane’s Caseyn Hoole is excited to play the world’s best in Paris this week.

By Emilie Ng  ASPIRING Queensland tennis champion Casey Hoole will rub shoulders with the world’s best players when he represents Australia in a prestigious French junior tournament this week. The rising tennis star from Padua College, Kedron, is one of only 16 young men from 16 countries hand-picked to compete at the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament at Roland Garros, ... Read More »

Thanking God for freedom

Timorese party: At Brisbane’s Timor-Leste community celebrations are (from left) David Guterres, Fr Gerry Hefferan, Mario Ricardo, Aurelio Costa and Canossian Sister Odete Moreira cutting a cake bearing the Timorese flag at their Independence Day celebrations. Photo: Mundu Corbafo

By Emilie Ng TIMORESE student Aurelio Costa’s “daunting” childhood under the Indonesian militia is now a distant memory as the country celebrates 13 years since its independence. Mr Costa, a devout Catholic, joined more than 100 people at St Joseph’s Chapel, Spring Hill, to pray for the “past heroes” who fought for the country’s freedom under Indonesia’s 25-year occupation. East ... Read More »

Remembering Terri Schiavo

Joy from despair: Bobby and Kristina Schindler on their recent visit to Brisbane. The late Terri Schiavo’s brother was a keynote speaker at the recent Cherish Life Queensland’s Hope for the Future Conference. Photo: Paul Dobbyn

By Paul Dobbyn TRULY the Lord works in mysterious ways as Bobby Schindler, brother to the late Terri Schiavo, testified when he spoke at Cherish Life Queensland’s Hope For the Future Conference in Brisbane. Just over a decade ago, he and the rest of his family were devastated by his sister’s agonising death 13 days after her hydration and nutrition ... Read More »

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