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No outstanding debt for new Gold Coast church

GENEROUS donors and a bequest of $1.2 million will leave Surfers Paradise parish “completely debt free” when the new Stella Maris Church opens in February. For four years, parish priest Fr Tim Harris has promised Broadbeach Catholics a new church to replace the one they had loved for 50 years. Fr Harris said he was “humbled” that parishioners responded so ... Read More »

Real Talk ready to spread message in state schools

By Emilie Ng MORE Australian schools will hear the truth about sexuality as Real Talk Australia’s team expands their audience and staff in 2015. The Brisbane-based ministry has primarily worked with Catholic schools, but last year managing director Paul Ninnes was hopeful their message would be taken into state schools. Now directors of a Toowoomba-based Christian ministry retiring from presenting ... Read More »

New Rosies’ leader brings talents to role

ROSIES’ new leader Andrew O’Brien will swiftly take to the streets as he assumes the reins of the organisation. “My first and ongoing focus is to understand our mission of bringing community through hospitality by regularly going on outreach,” the new general manager said. “Through that understanding I can help improve the formation, resources and systems our more than 900 ... Read More »

Pioneering priest dies aged 98

By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIA’S first Scalabrinian Missionary Father Dante Orsi consecrated his life to serving God and his people right until his death on January 11. Fr Orsi, whose surname in Italian means “bear”, would have celebrated his 99th birthday in April, and before his death was the second oldest Scalabrinian alive in the world. When Fr Orsi found out ... Read More »

Danger zone

By Peter Bugden NIGERIAN priests in Brisbane archdiocese are keeping a close watch on what is happening in their homeland as Islamic militants Boko Haram continue to terrorise the north-east of the country. Although from Umuahia diocese in Nigeria’s south-east, some of the priests have relatives and friends living in the north-east and people from all parts of the African ... Read More »

Fr Ladu’s mum hit by car

SUNNYBANK parish associate pastor Sudanese-born Fr Ladu Yanga feared the worst when the phone started ringing over and over at 2am recently. “I answered the phone … it was one of my sisters who lives in South Sudan,” he said. “She had the very bad news that my mother had been hit by a car not far from where she ... Read More »

Queenslanders receive Australia Day honours

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FOUR Queenslanders are among Catholics recognised for their contribution to their communities in this year’s Australia Day honours list. They were among 50 Catholics recognised nationally in the honours list. Robin Murphy of Sinnamon Park, Brisbane, Bernadette Lane of Mermaid Beach, Valerie Rose of Junabee and Michael Cosgrove of Cooranga, North Queensland were appointed as Members of the Order of ... Read More »

Election issues

By Paul Dobbyn POLITICAL rivals have responded to Church leaders’ queries on policies ranging from job creation and education, to support for drought-affected farmers, environmental and law and order issues. Queensland St Vincent de Paul Society president John Forrest, Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt and Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Mike Byrne recently raised ... Read More »

Moggill church turning 20

Awaiting guests: St Catherine’s Church in Moggill is preparing for large numbers to celebrate 20 years since retired Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby opened and blessed the small church.

By Emilie Ng NAMING churches after St Catherine is a tradition in Moggill in Brisbane’s west. The area’s first Catholic Church was named St Catherine in memory of Catherine O’Brien, a relative of the O’Reily family who donated the land for the church. Mrs O’Brien was also an early settler in Moggill, but died at 73 when her skirt got caught ... Read More »

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