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Oratory to fund two seminarians by end of year

By Emilie Ng SUPPORTERS for the Brisbane Oratory raised $30,000 at the inaugural Vallicella Dinner on Saturday, May 24. The money will go towards sending two more men to study in the Toronto Oratory seminary. Seven men have already made inquiries to join the Oratory community in Brisbane, with two men close to finalising an application to study in the ... Read More »

Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated expecting ‘blockbuster’ speech from archbishop

Archbishop Hickey

By Paul Dobbyn  PERTH’S Emeritus Archbishop Barry Hickey is expected to deliver a “blockbuster” of a speech on Saturday night, June 7, at the annual Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated fundraising dinner at the Marymac Community Centre, Annerley.  PCI president Patti Camp said, based on information received so far, Archbishop Hickey in his address would take a very strong stance on modern ... Read More »

175 years of faithful dedication

By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIA’S first women religious took “an enormous risk” to journey to Australia 175 years ago. This year, the Sisters of Charity of Australia honour that risk and the 175 years of  “love, tenderness, and concern of Christ for the poor” at Masses throughout the country. The Sisters of Charity of Australia walk in the footsteps of five Irish ... Read More »

Ray’s asbestosis fight ends

By Paul Dobbyn EARLY in 2011, critically ill asbestosis sufferer Ray Colbert was in a coma in Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital and not expected to live. “But when I got to Heaven’s door they said: ‘It’s not your turn yet. You’ve still got work to do’,” Mr Colbert told The Catholic Leader in an interview about a year later. He and ... Read More »

Deacon Uzuegbu ‘convinced’ priesthood is for him

By Emilie Ng DEACON Leonard Uzuegbu has been listening to God’s voice calling him to the priesthood for the past 10 years. The Nigerian-born deacon, who has been assisting at Masses at St Stephen’s Cathedral, will be ordained a priest on June 27. He began discerning the priesthood after leaving high school in 1996 when he began working as a ... Read More »

Catenian sharing love of the Rosary

By Emilie Ng SURFERS Paradise parishioner Terry Collins has made it his personal mission to encourage Catholics to pray the Rosary daily. His latest mission is to promote the Rosary among Catholic men connected to the international lay movement, the Catenian association, which he joined two months ago. The couple, who have been married for 32 years, pray the Rosary ... Read More »

Time to stand up for faith

By Emilie Ng SYDNEY barrister Sophie York challenged more than 200 Catholic business and professional leaders at last week’s Assembly of Catholic Professionals to correct the “Godless trend” rising in modern Australian culture. Ms York, a mother of four and one of 12 children, said Catholic leaders should use their influence in society to stand against the view that Australia ... Read More »

ACU hosting social justice forum

acu forum

HUMAN trafficking will be a key topic at the 10th Social Justice Youth Forum at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Banyo Campus on Friday (May 30).  Award-winning lawyer, teacher, practitioner and scholar Anne Gallagher is the keynote speaker the topic of “Not for Sale: Working Together to End Human Trafficking”.  Dr Gallagher is one of the leading global authorities on human ... Read More »

Albany Creek set for its biggest fair

By Emilie Ng LOVE for the Albany Creek Catholic community keeps parishioner Greg Adams coming back to convene the annual Albany Fair, which this year turns 25. Mr Adams’ ongoing commitment over the past five years was a response to the generosity shown by the parish and school community after he had organised his first fair. “I ran my first ... Read More »

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