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Nowhere to go

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Catholic Henriette Ibraham watches TV coverage of tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing into Europe and prays for her relatives trapped in her homeland “surrounded by ISIS”. Mrs Ibraham, a member of the Greenslopes Maronite parish, has lived in Australia for 38 years, but has all her cousins and “lots of relatives” still in Syria. “They ... Read More »

The gift of education

By Michael Crutcher CATHOLIC school scholarships aren’t just a gift – they’re the start of a cycle that results in students giving back to society, one high school principal says. St Mary’s College, Maryborough principal Graham Meertens has seen the journey go full circle: the excited student awake and dressed for school before dawn becomes the employee guiding people in ... Read More »

Desert flight opens faith mystery

Jesuit Father Brian McCoy

A BREATH-taking flight across the desert wilderness west of Alice Springs opened Jesuit Father Brian McCoy’s imagination to a life-changing journey of mystery with the Aboriginal people of Australia. Fr McCoy, now the Australian Jesuits’ provincial superior, was on his way to a mission in 1973, when he first left Melbourne. Former Bishop of Broome Bishop John Jobst was his ... Read More »

CPPC ‘doing God’s work’

Jubilee group

JESUS Christ’s call for his followers “to take care of the sick and look after the hungry” led Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Sister Mary Xavier to Brisbane’s Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care.Sr Mary Xavier was among pastoral carers recently given special honour by CPPC.The ministry, which operates under the Centacare umbrella, held a Mass at St Patrick’s Church, Fortitude Valley, on ... Read More »

Brisbane shows face of Australian Church is changing

Cultures unite in cathedral

By Peter Bugden “THE face of the Bride of Christ – the Church – is changing around the world, and by the day”, and Brisbane archdiocese is experiencing it, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Archbishop Coleridge, speaking at the archdiocese’s annual Multicultural Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday, said the change was happening as “we stand at a moment in ... Read More »

Faith on fire


Brisbane group supporting Holy Spirit’s renewal RELEASING the Holy Spirit into Brisbane is on the archdiocese’s sanctioned charismatic renewal organisation’s agenda for the next three years. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Brisbane recently elected its new archdiocesan service committee to look after its 35 prayer groups. The organisation offers support and formation for prayer groups in parishes between Hervey Bay and ... Read More »

Sound of music hits Villanova

MUSIC took centre stage at Villanova College this month when they hosted premier music talent from across the state at the 25th Queensland Catholic Music Festival. The festival is the largest of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, with more than 475 performances, featuring more than 13,000 musicians. QCMF business development manager Gordon Hughes said the from August 13 ... Read More »

Finding happiness in God

Sr Maria Goretti Tran, Sr Therese Francis Pham and Sr Theresia Nguyen

Three Vietnamese take first step in religious vocation GIVING up boyfriends, secure jobs and family have made three Vietnamese women the happiest on earth. Sr Therese Francis Pham, Sr Maria Goretti Tran and Sr Theresia Nguyen promised to love God forever as international missionary sisters at their first professions on Saturday, August 15. All three women left their homes in ... Read More »

Oblates’ top canon lawyer in Brisbane

BBI Church governance and leadership conference

BBI event focusing on governance, leadership NORTH America’s most respected canon lawyer had one week to prepare for his studies on the Catholic Church’s legal system. “Well I studied with the Oblates, at the University of Ottawa, got to know the priest there, and after I graduated, I joined them,” Fr Frank Morrisey said in Brisbane recently. “I’ve never looked ... Read More »

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