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Bishop visits Capuchin parishes

Capuchins and Bishop Oudeman

By Emile Ng CAPUCHIN friars living south of the Brisbane river welcomed one of their own, Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman, into their community earlier this month. Bishop Oudeman made a pastoral visit to his fellow Capuchin brothers between September 5 and 7. He also met with members of the connecting school and parish communities. Children from St Ita’s, Dutton ... Read More »

Nigerian priests return home

Fr Chukwudi & Fr Nicholas

By Emilie Ng and Joe Higgins BRISBANE parishes welcomed two new priests returning from their home in Nigeria this month for their first three years of priestly mission in the archdiocese. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained Fr Chuckwudi Chinaka and Fr Nicholas Okafor along with eight other men for their home Diocese of Umuahia, Nigeria. Fr Chinaka said being ordained ... Read More »

Building awareness of the permanent diaconate

EN Deacons and wives2

WITHOUT a wife by his side Brisbane archdiocese’s permanent Deacon Peter Devenish-Meares said he couldn’t take on the task of “being Christ” in the world. Deacon Devenish-Meares and wife Jo Devenish-Meares have spent the last 10 years adjusting to a life with three daughters and being an ordained ministry for the Church. The deacon and wife joined 10 others with ... Read More »

A flourishing ministry

By Paul Dobbyn WHEN Missionaries of God’s Love founder Fr Ken Barker presents remarkable moments of grace in his life and others, they glow like unforgettably precious stones. This gift was very much on display recently when he spoke about highlights in his 40 years of priesthood. “A moment which strikes me, even after all these years, is my ordination ... Read More »

The Catholic Leader wins five media awards

THE Catholic Leader was named Newspaper of the Year at the recent Australasian Catholic Press Awards in Canberra. Staff were rewarded for their dedication to serving the Church with five prizes. At the ACPA awards, The Catholic Leader also won Best News Story and Best Front Cover. Paul Dobbyn’s story Icon for Angus, detailing a Brisbane family’s donation of an ... Read More »

Shrine for Pere Laval

By Emilie Ng CATHOLICS from the island nation Mauritius will soon be able to venerate the country’s great hero, French Catholic priest and missionary Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval. Mauritians across the state will visit Marian Valley, Canungra, on September 20 for the blessing and opening of Blessed Laval’s shrine, the first in Queensland. Blessed Laval’s shrine at Marian Valley is a ... Read More »

Bringing hope back

By EMILIE NG MEALS, laughter and bagpipe marches are what Wilcannia-Forbes’ new bishop Columba Macbeth-Green has ordered for the people in his diocese. Bishop Macbeth-Green has travelled more than 10,000km visiting Catholics in the northern, eastern and central parts of the NSW diocese. The long drives have passed by quickly with the help of solid country music and Celtic soundtracks. ... Read More »

Expansion plan

By Emilie Ng QUEENSLAND men are heeding the call to the priesthood so rapidly that their home at Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary, Banyo, has needed a transformation. Construction is underway to make room for what has been called the biggest intake of seminarians in decades in the archdiocese. New and current seminarians will see new teaching facilities, a $5.5 million multi-purpose ... Read More »

Our Lady’s celebrating the best of golden years

Our Lady's original class

LEAVING school might be a significant milestone, but not for past pupils from Our Lady’s College, Annerley. Instead of just moving on, many who have graduated from the college have been keen to maintain close connections with the school community. Hundreds of them have returned this year to organise and celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. Past pupil association president Joanne ... Read More »

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