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Kidnapped religious sisters released in Iraq

By Paul Dobbyn NEWS of the release of two religious sisters and three orphans being held by Islamic militants in Mosul has been greeted with joy by many including Brisbane priest Fr Gerry Hefferan. He said prayers of thanksgiving would now be added to prayers of supplication for the beleaguered Catholic communities of Iraq in Bracken Ridge parish’s prayer vigil ... Read More »

Unholy days

By Paul Dobbyn A BRISBANE priest with links to Catholic communities in Iraq has spoken of an “ongoing disaster” which could see the Christian presence completely vanish from cities such as Mosul. Bracken Ridge parish priest Fr Gerry Hefferan said “for the first time in 1600 years, (Sunday) Mass has not been said anywhere in Mosul”. He said the situation ... Read More »

Brisbane boy returns for new parish challenge

By Emilie Ng CAPUCHIN Father Lam Vu left Brisbane to join the seminary 15 years ago but this week returned to take up the position as the new parish priest of St Mary’s South Brisbane and administrator of Dutton Park-West End. Fr Vu started his role last Wednesday, July 7. “This is my first time serving in Brisbane as a ... Read More »

Everywhere is mission territory

  ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge ordained Fr Karl Emerick for the Dominicans, letting him know he was called to be a missionary priest. Archbishop Coleridge presided at the ordination in St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 4, the feast of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. It was a solemn and joyous occasion, with Fr Emerick surrounded by his extended family, fellow Dominicans, priests ... Read More »

Archbishop says councillors are to be missionaries, not ‘mere administrators’

Pastoral commissioning: Pastoral council chairpersons gathered around the sanctuary to make an act of service at the Commissioning Mass on Sunday, July 6.

By Emilie Ng  PARISH pastoral councils are more necessary than ever in the life of the Church but for more than mere administration, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said to council representatives from more than 60 parishes and 13 deaneries last weekend. Archbishop Coleridge presided at the councils’ annual Commissioning Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 6. The Mass commissions ... Read More »

Home truths

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 »

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