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Pilgrim visit to Africa

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s invitation to ordain 10 priests in Nigeria’s Umuahia diocese next month marks a deeper level of engagement between the two dioceses. Archbishop Coleridge received the invitation to conduct the ordinations in Umuahia’s Mater Dei Cathedral from Nigerian Bishop Lucius Ugorji during his recent visit to Brisbane. Bishop Ugorji also caught up with Nigerian ... Read More »

New evangelisation leader for Brisbane archdiocese

By Peter Bugden SOCIAL justice advocate Clyde Cosentino is the first director of Brisbane archdiocese’s new agency Evangelisation Brisbane. Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the appointment on June 11 “after a nation-wide search” for the right person to head the new entity which replaced the Faith and Life agency as a result of a review of archdiocesan services and ministries. Archbishop Coleridge ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese forming choir for one-off event


CATHOLICS of Brisbane archdiocese are being invited to be part of a choir and group of musicians at a one-off event at St Stephen’s Cathedral. The archdiocese’s Secretariat of Parish Pastoral Councils is forming a “whole of the archdiocese” choir to lead the music for the annual Parish Pastoral Council Commissioning Mass at the cathedral on July 6. Evangelisation Brisbane ... Read More »

Burleigh Heads parish offers a hand to East Timorese people

By Emilie Ng A TRIP to East Timor to visit a Catholic parish moved Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell so much he almost considered throwing away his computer and mobile phone. During Easter week, Fr Howell and parishioners Sue and Bren Milsom travelled to Ossu, in Baucau diocese, East Timor. For several years, Burleigh parishioners have helped financially ... Read More »

The church Eddie built

By Emilie Ng FOR 50 years Edwin “Eddie” Nunn has sat in same pew in the left corner of his beloved church, St Jude’s, Gumdale on Brisbane’s southside. Mr Nunn’s love for this church began when he put pen to paper and drew the plans for St Jude’s back in the early 1960s. Back then, Manly’s parish priest, Fr James ... Read More »

Sleeping rough for charity

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Catholic Education executive director Pam Betts got a faint sense of the fear with which homeless people live as a first-time participant in last year’s St Vincent de Paul Society’s CEO Sleepout. “Here I was safe inside the South Bank Piazza with many people around me including well known identities such as Kevin Rudd and Paul Pisasale,” ... Read More »

Help in tough times

By Paul Dobbyn GOLD Coast man Karl Stuart spent five years making bullet-proof vests for the police and military, but nothing could protect him from becoming homeless. The 44-year-old’s fall through society’s cracks started about two-and-a-half years ago when he had to vacate a flat he had rented for about eight years. “The place was sold and I had to move ... Read More »

Miracle girl

By Emilie Ng PARENTS of an eight-year-old girl who almost died last December received an “an unexpected blessing” from a Catholic high school last month. Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne L’Arche and Disability Outreach service group captain Laura Ricca read Gabby Caldwell’s profile on the Developing Foundation website and was inspired to make a difference. “For us, taking an hour out of ... Read More »

Speaker tells of road to faith

By Emilie Ng CONVERTING to Catholicism was never a task on speaker and producer Matthew Arnold’s bucket list. Mr Arnold was invited to speak at the inaugural Vallicella Dinner fundraising event for the Brisbane Oratory and gave a talk at Annerley-Ekibin parish on May 26. “The idea that I can fly literally halfway around the world and meet people and address ... Read More »

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