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Proof of Gospel’s worldwide reach

By Emilie Ng WORLD cultures may be vastly different in routines and customs but parishioners from St Patrick’s, Beenleigh, proved Christ is their common denominator. More than 600 parishioners and members of the Beenleigh community shared not only food from over 50 destinations, but joined in for an eternal feast in a multicultural Mass. The Liturgy of the Word was proclaimed ... Read More »

New leader for seminary

By Paul Dobbyn FR John Grace has responded with surprise, humility and enthusiasm to the news of his appointment as Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary’s rector from 2016. “My appointment as the thirteenth rector of Holy Spirit Seminary from 2016 came to me as a surprise,” the 71-year-old priest said. “I had never imagined nor contemplated being invited to become rector ... Read More »

Peace prayers

By Paul Dobbyn THE sacrifices people have made for their faith in Iraq are a vivid reality for Brisbane priest Fr Gerry Hefferan. He visited the war-torn region last year and saw relics from 20th century martyrs held in a sacred vessel in a northern Iraq church. He is continuing prayers for peace in Iraq. The Bracken Ridge parish priest ... Read More »

Popular city orchestra supporting fundraiser

By Emilie Ng MUSIC from pivotal moments throughout history will fill the newly refurbished marble beauty of St Paschal’s Church, Wavell Heights, for a fundraising concert next weekend. Choir members from two groups at Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Chermside, which includes St Paschal’s and St Gerard Majella Church, in West Chermside, will team up with the award-winning Brisbane City ... Read More »

Keeping NET on the road

By Emilie Ng MORE than 150 benefactors and supporters showed their whole-hearted support for young people on the forefront of mission with National Evangelisation Teams Ministries Australia at its annual fundraising dinner on August 14. NET Ministries Australia director Mark Doyle said the dinner not only raised awareness about the ministry’s progress, but also advanced the organisation closer to its ... Read More »

Battling for life over death

By Emilie Ng RESTORING hope within Los Angeles’ notorious gang culture has proven to Jesuit Father Greg Boyle that God can be found in the most unlikely people. In 1988, Fr Boyle started what is now America’s largest national non-profit gang intervention and re-entry program, Homeboy Industries, when he was asked to be the pastor of Jesuit parish Dolores Mission Church ... Read More »

Remembering God’s gifts

By Paul Dobbyn TRAFFIC chaos nearly derailed Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Blessing of the Plough held during the opening ceremony of this year’s Ekka. “The Anglican and Catholic archbishops of Brisbane take it in turns to do the blessing,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “I got stuck in traffic on the way and nearly missed my big moment. “An Anglican bishop had ... Read More »

Souls nourished

By Paul Dobbyn THE outpouring of faith and emotion from Pope Francis’ visit to South Korea has come as no surprise to Columban Father Trevor Trotter. Pope Francis’ visit to South Korea for five days from August 14 was the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years. Brisbane-based Fr Trotter, who was vicar general of the Columban’s general council, said ... Read More »

Religious wall of honour

By Paul Dobbyn QUEENSLAND’S religious men and women and their tireless efforts to educate the state’s young people for more than 150 years have been celebrated in an historical display in Brisbane. The display, a series of three plaques opening with the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane in 1861, is mounted on the walls of the Queensland Catholic ... Read More »

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