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Welcoming number four: The Blom family (back from left) Paul, Libby and Zachary; and (front) Anastasia, Magdalen and Lawrence.

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE’S Paul and Libby Blom are in some senses the typical modern family raising their four children while juggling all the demands of an increasingly frantic society. Yet, as members of the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council (ACMFC), an advisory body to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the couple are also required to stand above their ... Read More »

Excelling in education

BRISBANE Catholic Education has recognised its most outstanding teachers at the inaugural Excellence in Teaching Awards gala on June 18. More than 30 finalists, from almost 200 nominations for the new awards that recognise excellence in learning and teaching, gathered at Victoria Park Golf Club to witness Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and BCE executive director Pam Betts congratulate the winners. ... Read More »

Bishop to unify diocese

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIA’S newest bishop Columba Macbeth-Green was to have crossed two time zones and taken part in separate ceremonies in Parkes and Broken Hill on the way to assuming responsibility for the vast diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes Unusually, his episcopal ordination was to be in Parkes’ Holy Family Church on the morning of Thursday, July 3 with his installation in ... Read More »

Fr Columba’s heading home

By Paul Dobbyn EVEN when ordering his episcopal garments, Bishop-elect Columba Macbeth-Green was reminded of his police ministry spanning many years. As he explained, it happened through “sheer coincidence”. Just days away from his ordination as Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes due to take place last Thursday, July 3, south-east Queensland’s much-loved and respected police chaplain of eight years was delighted to ... Read More »

Prayer service moves hearts on asylum seekers

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge, in a message delivered in St Stephen’s Cathedral on World Refugee Day, said caring for people like refugees and asylum seekers is “the surest way to see the face and hear the voice of the real God”. More than 500 people gathered in the cathedral on June 20 for the prayer service titled ... Read More »

50 years of priestly life never dull

By Emilie Ng LIFE would have been radically different if Fr Leo Burke had chosen to be either an architect or an electrical engineer 50 years ago. The Victoria Point parish priest chose the priesthood over a professional career after meeting a number of “elderly priests” who were returning to his school at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. “It was Fr ... Read More »

Servants of Christ

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge warned the two men he ordained on June 27 that faithfulness to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was costly, but assured them that “it alone can open the door to joy”. Archbishop Coleridge ordained Fr Leonard Uzuegbu and Fr Marty Larsen at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of ... Read More »

Help the poor at breakfast with Betty

By Emilie Ng BEENLEIGH parishioner Betty Graver has high hopes for her next mission trip to India where she plans to put smiles on 65 child orphans’ faces. Ms Graver is planning next year to visit the Blessed Mother Teresa Home for orphans aged three to 14 in Adilabad, India. The home is run by the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed ... Read More »

Saint for the CMI family ‘happy news’

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S six Carmelites of Mary Immaculate priests are “overwhelmed with joy” after receiving news that their order’s founder will be canonised later this year. CMI founder Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara will be canonised with five other blesseds on November 23, the feast of Christ the King. CMI Father Josekutty Vadakkel said the CMI family was “very blessed ... Read More »

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