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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 »

Helping build faith

Fr Paul Chackanikunnel

Indian missionary following God’s call to serve in Australia   By Michael Crutcher HOW did the son of Indian cashew farmers land in Brisbane’s inner north via a few years on the fringes of Australia’s Outback? “It was God’s plan for me,” Fr Paul Chackanikunnel said. “God wants me to be here – at this particular time and in this ... Read More »

Church alive in Brisbane

Generous hosts

Papal nuncio ‘inspired’ by Catholics in south east Queensland CLAIMS the Catholic Church is dying are nothing but “false impressions”, Australia’s papal nuncio said. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana made these comments following his visit to Brisbane where he presided at his first Feast Day Mass for St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. He said the three-day trip inspired him to ... Read More »

Fr Canali’s legacy continues 100 years after death

Fr Canali’s grave at Nudgee

PRIESTS and lay Catholics remembered an “honoured figure” whose life not only shaped grand buildings but also vocations in the Brisbane archdiocese. Fr Joseph Canali, an Italian architect affectionately known as the Apostle of Brisbane, was invited to Brisbane by the archdiocese’s first episcopal leader Bishop James Quinn to complete St Stephen’s Cathedral. His work on the Cathedral led him ... Read More »

Friends needed at St Columba’s

Fr Michael Grace

WILSTON’S Catholic parish priest is making many friend requests this week but not to bulk up his social media accounts. Fr Michael Grace is calling on members of the community to be friends with St Columba’s church, which at 100 years old is in dire need of repairs. “I would say there are a number of issues that if left ... Read More »

History returns to St Mary’s

Writing history

Parish celebrations call back former organist and ‘treasured’ items ZIPPING through South Brisbane on a motorbike, John Feltoe stopped in at St Mary’s Catholic church to say a quick prayer before his study session. “It was dry times in those days,” Dr Feltoe said of his 1947 days. Produce trucks raced past the church, one of them dropping off an ... Read More »

Mighty innings from Br Roger

SCORING a century in Sydney grade cricket proved less admirable than entering a religious order for one of Brisbane’s Marist brothers. Br Roger Burke, was a skilled Queensland cricketer, when he left Marist College, Ashgrove, at 19 to spend a lifetime doing “something for God”. In 1954, the now 79 year old left Ashgrove “tearfully” for NSW’s southern highlands, where ... Read More »

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