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50 years of priestly life never dull

By Emilie Ng LIFE would have been radically different if Fr Leo Burke had chosen to be either an architect or an electrical engineer 50 years ago. The Victoria Point parish priest chose the priesthood over a professional career after meeting a number of “elderly priests” who were returning to his school at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. “It was Fr ... Read More »

Servants of Christ

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge warned the two men he ordained on June 27 that faithfulness to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was costly, but assured them that “it alone can open the door to joy”. Archbishop Coleridge ordained Fr Leonard Uzuegbu and Fr Marty Larsen at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of ... Read More »

Help the poor at breakfast with Betty

By Emilie Ng BEENLEIGH parishioner Betty Graver has high hopes for her next mission trip to India where she plans to put smiles on 65 child orphans’ faces. Ms Graver is planning next year to visit the Blessed Mother Teresa Home for orphans aged three to 14 in Adilabad, India. The home is run by the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed ... Read More »

Saint for the CMI family ‘happy news’

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S six Carmelites of Mary Immaculate priests are “overwhelmed with joy” after receiving news that their order’s founder will be canonised later this year. CMI founder Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara will be canonised with five other blesseds on November 23, the feast of Christ the King. CMI Father Josekutty Vadakkel said the CMI family was “very blessed ... Read More »

Seminary blooming

By Paul Dobbyn FOUNDATIONS for a new golden era at Banyo’s Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary continue to be laid with confirmation of the calling of tenders for a $5.5 million multi-purpose building. The seminary’s stage 3, described as “high technology-based”, includes a meeting area able to accommodate up to 150 people, a spirituality interaction area, a doubling of administration space, ... Read More »

Devoted to Jesus

By Emilie Ng CATHOLICS from the seven continents of the world gathered to share language, culture and love for the Eucharist at the annual Corpus Christi procession last Sunday. Brisbane’s ethnic communities were invited to lead decades of the Rosary during the procession at Nudgee Junior College Indooroopilly, in Brisbane’s west. One attendee commented on the beauty of hearing the prayers ... Read More »

Deacons focus on Joy of the Gospel

deacon retreat

BRISBANE archdiocese’s deacons and their wives focused on the teachings of Pope Francis at their annual retreat recently. The retreat, led by Columban Father Trevor Trotter, was held at the Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston. Fr Trotter gave six guided reflections on key themes emerging from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). Deacon Gary Stone ... Read More »

Praying for Iraq sisters

By Paul Dobbyn TWO religious sisters from Iraq with a Brisbane connection are living an increasingly perilous existence in the country’s north as sectarian violence rapidly spirals out of control. Daughters of Jesus’ Sacred Heart Sisters Samar Mikha and Azhar Koka returned to Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, in November 2012. When they spoke to The Catholic Leader shortly before ... Read More »

Blessed day

By Peter Bugden BISHOP Michael McCarthy, celebrating his first ordination since becoming Bishop of Rockhampton, assured two new deacons the people they served would call out their pastoral gifts. Bishop McCarthy, whose episcopal ordination was on May 29, ordained Andrew Hogan and Stephen Camiolo to the transitional diaconate at Holy Spirit Chapel, Banyo, on June 19 as they work towards ... Read More »

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