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Cathedral’s musical maestro mourned in Brisbane today

Music master

DR Ralph Morton, music director at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral for almost 15 years, is mourned as a “humble and gentle man, loved by so many” and as “a giant in the Church music world”. Dr Morton, who had been battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since last July, died on February 20 aged 67. Tributes are flowing from those who knew him best, ... Read More »

Leukaemia survivor to part with hair for cancer charity

CARLY Galligan received her best birthday present inside a doctor’s surgery four years ago. After battling with leukaemia for five years, doctors announced on her 10th birthday that she was cancer-free. “I was so happy,” she said.   “My smile could never have been bigger.” Carly, of Victoria Point, was diagnosed with leukaemia two months before her fifth birthday. She ... Read More »

Brisbane seminarian fighting chronic fatigue syndrome returns to the seminary after four years

Queensland seminarians

CHRIS Ledwich believes if he can write one essay, pray for longer than five minutes and exercise without collapsing this year, he’ll make it to the priesthood. The 29-year-old Brisbane man suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), a condition that developed after catching Whooping Cough and forced him to take a leave of absence from his priestly ... Read More »

Hazel sees a century of life

Hazel sees a century of life

HAZEL Teggins is relaxing from a weeklong birthday celebration after becoming the first resident at Canossa retirement village to turn 100. Mrs Teggins, who turned 100 on January 22, said she never expected to reach a century milestone. “(I) never thought about it to be perfectly frank,” she said. “Even when I was in my 90s I thought, ‘I wonder ... Read More »

Business community set to help

Business community set to help

By Mark Bowling QUEENSLAND business is gearing up to provide opportunities for Syrian refugees as the humanitarian crisis in the country grows. The crisis deepened as 70,000 Syrians fled a full-scale Russian bombing assault on the city of Aleppo. Queensland has pledged to take 3500 refugees as part of an Australia-wide intake of 12,000. The Fuller Centre for Housing Queensland ... Read More »

New chapter for Nathan

New chapter for Nathan

NATHAN Curby is closer to ending an eight-month nightmare on the streets after receiving a free makeover from Brisbane community members last week. Local charity founder and Catholic award recipient Grant Richards, who was homeless for 18 months, offered to take Mr Curby to a local salon for a haircut and shave after finding out his mother died of a heart attack ... Read More »

Priest stood aside from ministry

FR Malachy Onuoha has been stood aside from ministry by his home diocese in Nigeria pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct some years ago in his native country. The Archdiocese of Brisbane has confirmed that Fr Onuoha, the parish priest of Gatton-Laidley, was stood aside while in Nigeria on holidays. He will remain in Nigeria while the investigation into ... Read More »

Locking in love for the Year of Mercy

Catholic love lock

MARRIAGE is on the horizon for Adam Burns and there’s a third person he’d like to publicly thank before tying the knot. Mr Burns will place a heart-shaped padlock on Brisbane’s newest love-lock sculpture situated outside St Stephen’s Cathedral with fiancé Jade Henkes as a sign of their love for each other and the third person in their relationship – ... Read More »

Rare event at St Mary’s


CAPUCHIN Friars like South Brisbane parish priest Fr Lam Vu are known for their strict vow of poverty, so paying off parish debts would seem impossible. That was not the case for Fr Vu, who last week joined Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge for a rare ritual in St Mary’s church, South Brisbane, the consecration of the church and altar. “Churches ... Read More »

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