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Sippy Downs student rewarded for sacrifice and hard work

Scholarship winner

ALYSSA Murray nursed several sleepless nights to receive the perfect grades that led to an OP1 score and a scholarship to help her through university. The Siena Catholic College graduate and last year’s college captain was one of 10 Queensland students to receive the coveted TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarship this year. Ms Murray is the only Catholic student to ... Read More »

Eight appointed to new ecumenical council in Brisbane

Building bridges

A QUEST for human unity is one of the lofty goals that will guide a new Church council aimed at bridging relations with groups from other faiths and beliefs.Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has appointed an eight-member Council for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations to build respect and co-operation across communities in south-east Queensland. “We carry an overwhelming message of hope,” chairman ... Read More »

This retired couple’s work in a Brisbane cafe is helping care for pro-life and pro-family groups

Joan Armstrong Majorie and Neville Williams

RETIREES dream of getting away from the daily grind, but not married couple Marjorie and Neville Williams.The long-time supporters of the country’s largest Catholic women’s peak body, the Catholic Women’s League, are the “heart and soul” of a coffee shop dedicated to fund the Brisbane archdiocese’s branch’s work.Mrs Williams has served up some of the city’s best sandwiches for the ... Read More »

Easter Rising hero remembered 100 years on

William Ryan

BRISBANE Catholics are rallying to make sure the unmarked grave of an Irishman who risked his life for the independence of Ireland soon has a headstone. About 130 people gathered around the grave of William Ryan at Nudgee cemetery last Sunday on the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin. Mr Ryan joined fellow Irish citizens on Easter Monday, ... Read More »

Missing baptismal font returns to bless Cathedral

Baptismal font returns

WHEN Leanne Adams began working at the residence of Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, she never expected to find the original baptismal font for St Stephen’s Cathedral. The Wynberg house manager started her job in 2012, the same year she stumbled upon the forgotten marble basin, which she said was buried “with lawnmowers”. “For whatever reason it came to Wynberg and ... Read More »

Partnership between Brisbane and Nigeria growing in strength

International partnership

NIGERIAN Bishop Lucius Ugorji made his fifth pastoral visit to the Brisbane archdiocese to meet with his priests working here earlier this month.  Bishop Ugorji, from the Umuahia diocese in Nigeria, visited Brisbane to renew a commitment to send priests from his region to Australia. There are now 16 of his priests in Brisbane since signing a partnership commitment in ... Read More »

Iona’s Passion Play returns home for Easter

Iona Passion play

FOR more than 50 years the Iona passion play has travelled Australia, and this year the iconic Easter event is returning to its birthplace, Iona College. Founded by Oblate Fr Thomas Overall at Iona College in 1958, the play has been viewed by more than 500, 000 people Australia-wide. Organisers have brought the play back to Iona College on March ... Read More »

Queensland faithful drawn to day of Eucharistic adoration

adoration

CHURCHES and confessionals across Queensland remained open for 24 hours to respond to Pope Francis’ call for the world to be “immersed in the mercy of God”. Brisbane archdiocesan parishes, including the communities of Kenmore; Redcliffe; Nambour; St Mary’s, South Brisbane; and Sandgate, opened their doors for adoration, communal prayer and Confession. Rockhampton diocese also organised a Eucharistic procession through ... Read More »

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