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Alive in the Spirit

By Emilie Ng PRAYING “without holding back” with 1000 priests for five days convinced Brisbane Catholic Charismatic Renewal liaison priest Fr Francis Onwunali the Church is still alive. Fr Onwunali represented Queensland at the third World Retreat of Priests in Rome, organised by the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS). Catholic Charismatic Renewal Brisbane sponsored Fr Onwunali to attend the ... Read More »

Education festival a first

By Emilie Ng YOUTHFUL energy will fill St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct when Brisbane Catholic Education holds its first festival to mark Catholic Education Week in Queensland. Hundreds of students from 40 Catholic schools will gather in St Stephen’s Cathedral to discover “the heart of the Brisbane archdiocese” in this unique festival running from July 28 to 30. Students have been ... Read More »

Holy Spirit takes care of early ‘wobbly knees’

By Emilie Ng BISHOP John Gerry’s episcopal mission began with wobbling knees as he processed down St Stephen’s Cathedral to be installed as one of Brisbane’s auxiliary bishops. But like the prophet Ezekiel, whose words were proclaimed at Bishop Gerry’s Jubilee Mass last week, the Holy Spirit overtook the bishop and his wobbling knees became strong. “It was something palpable, ... Read More »

Pope Francis boosting morale

Papal encouragement: Pope Francis meets with members of the European Cursillo secretariat (from left) Christine Koptik, Raboert Nagl and Cristina Gawlas. The Pope is holding their gift of a heart–shaped gingerbread cake with Cursillo’s De Colores rainbow symbol.

By Paul Dobbyn A BRISBANE-based former president of the world body of Cursillo said Pope Francis’ strong support was helping reignite local enthusiasm for the movement. Yvonne Carrigan said the Pope had met European Cursillistas in an audience in Rome in April. The Cursillistas asked Pope Francis a series of questions to which he said he was happy to give ... Read More »

Protecting children

Protecting children

By Paul Dobbyn DR MONICA Applewhite will return to Brisbane to run workshops for clergy and lay leaders to reinforce that “sexual abuse concerns not just some in the Church but everyone”. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, announcing Dr Applewhite’s return, said “she is a world expert in the field of sexual abuse and child protection in the Church”. “Monica Applewhite ... Read More »

See your school in The Catholic Leader

Get published: The Catholic Leader team members Valentina Ricchi and Liam Webb invite all Catholic secondary schools to enter The Newsroom Contest in Terms 3 and 4 this year, or Terms 1 and 2 next year.

By Emilie Ng BUDDING journalists and media producers can get a head start in their careers by entering a new media contest open to Catholic secondary schools. Organised by the Brisbane archdiocese’s official news source, the Newsroom Contest offers students a chance to publish their own four-page newspaper and share it with The Catholic Leader’s 50,000 readers. All participating entries ... Read More »

Priests mark milestones

By Emilie Ng TWENTY Queensland priests, including one bishop, celebrating jubilees this year can count a total of 855 years of priestly service to the Church. The clergy, who celebrate 25, 40, 50, 60 and 65 years as priests, walked into St Stephen’s Cathedral for the Presbyteral Jubilee Mass on June 25, followed by 70 of their fellow priests and bishops. ... Read More »

Servants of God

Faithful servants: Archbishop Mark Coleridge with Fr Paul Eloagu (left) and Fr Odinaka Nwadike after their ordination at St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 29. Photo: Alan Edgecomb

By Emilie Ng TWO Nigerian-born men believe the greatest gift God has ever given them is the opportunity to be priests in the Catholic Church. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained Fr Paul Eloagu and Fr Odinaka Nwadike priests for the Brisbane archdiocese on June 29, at St Stephen’s Cathedral, at a Mass attended by hundreds of friends and family. Both ... Read More »

Giving Uganda love with lemonade

Linda Brady with student donors

By Emilie Ng PROFITS from a small lemonade venture organised by three students at St Benedict’s Primary School, Mango Hill, will help a Catholic teacher feed a Ugandan family for one week. Year 1 student Austin Barnes and sister Chloe Barnes, of Year 2, along with Year 2 student Amelia Smith, set up a kerbside lemonade stall outside their home ... Read More »

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