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Double celebration shared

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge gave a personal insight into the “mystery” of his priestly vocation in a homily delivered at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral to celebrate his 40th year in the priesthood. “I went to the seminary because I felt called,” he told the congregation gathered in the cathedral on May 17. “Forty-plus years later, ... Read More »

Brisbane L’Arche community celebrating diversity


THE first Australian to hold the position of L’Arche’s vice-international leader has spoken at a Brisbane event of “the shadow of the gift of human diversity”. Eileen Glass told those gathered at recent dinner to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of L’Arche’s foundation “this diversity contains the potential to wonderfully enrich human life and experience”. “However every gift contains a shadow ... Read More »

Students proud to call themselves future leaders  

Powerhouse of Leaders

A CHANCE to inspire “key leaders for the future” brought Catholic schools teachers, campus ministers, Catholic youth ministries, and staff from Brisbane Catholic Education back for the fifth annual Brisbane Powerhouse of Leaders. More than 500 senior students from 40 Catholic schools in the Brisbane archdiocese attended the event on May 12. Students were asked to personally reflect on “hard ... Read More »

Mass to mark Archbishop’s priestly jubilee

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE archdiocese is celebrating Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s fortieth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood with a Solemn Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral on May 17. Archbishop Coleridge will be principal celebrant of the 10am Mass, and will be joined by the priests and people of the archdiocese. Anyone in the archdiocesan community is welcome to attend. The Archbishop was ordained ... Read More »

Praying for vocations


WHEN Catholics worldwide pray together for vocations, the number of priests, religious, married couples and intentional singles increases. Brisbane vocations director Fr Morgan Batt said he always noticed an increase in inquiries to the priesthood when the community prayed specifically for vocations. “I believe that when we pray, vocations increase,” he said. “It’s quite extraordinary.” Parishes and communities in the archdiocese ... Read More »

Convent turned arts centre helping in the Good Samaritan spirit

By Emilie Ng WHAT used to be the home of the Good Samaritan Sisters in Gayndah from 1919 to 1995 now serves the community in the form of an arts and cultural centre. The Good Samaritan Sisters arrived in Gayndah in 1919 just as their new convent opened. The convent served as a schoolhouse and boarding house to students until the ... Read More »

Parishioners say goodbye to beloved church

By Emilie Ng OVERWHELMING numbers filled Stella Maris Church on the Gold Coast to say goodbye to the sacred building at a Decommissioning Mass on April 24. Past and present parishioners, past mayors, Gold Coast city councilors and Members of Parliament stood “shoulder to shoulder” at the Mass celebrated by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Surfers Paradise parish priest Fr Tim ... Read More »

Learning from other cultures

MERCY Community Services  Romero Centre has launched the “The Long Lunch” cooking series to offer a taste of international cuisines and to support its work with refugees in Brisbane. The Romero Centre supports refugees and asylum seekers living in the city. A spokeswoman for the centre said it was hosting The Long Lunch series to help and encourage people to ... Read More »

Mary’s life always devoted to others

By Peter Bugden “MARY was God’s finger that was a very visible, tangible presence of God, because of her faith,” Jose Zepeda said in a eulogy at the Brisbane funeral Mass of his friend and colleague Mary Gavin. “Mary was God’s finger that touched people with love, care and respect, and restored their dignity. “If someone was in need she ... Read More »

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