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Fighting the good fight

By Paul Dobbyn BILL Thornton recently notched up a century with well wishes from many including the Queen, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. A framed apostolic blessing from Pope Francis to mark Bill’s 100th birthday also has pride of place on the wall of his unit. But ask him about his time as a political warrior ... Read More »

Parish gift remembers Gayndah Catholic women

In loving memory: Rod Weekes, Noelene Robertson and Jim McNaught have paid tribute to their sister and late-wife Keran McNaught when they unveiled their gift of leadlight glass windows at St Joseph’s church, Gayndah, last month.

REMEMBERING Gayndah parish’s departed Catholic women will be easier thanks to a new gift sitting above St Joseph’s church sanctuary. Parishioner Keran McNaught died on June 6, 2011, but her life and the lives of all deceased Catholic women in Gayndah parish will be remembered in two new leadlight glass windows, unveiled last month. Mrs McNaught’s immediate and extended families, ... Read More »

Finding hope in the Bible

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge will lead a new Bible series this month showing how the Scriptures “interpret the mess of things that we face”. Following a review into parish formation needs last year, archdiocesan agency Evangelisation Brisbane has prepared an “in-depth opportunity” to hear from a rich source – Brisbane’s own biblical scholar. In Living Biblically in ... Read More »

New pastor ‘born’ to Petrie

Unexpected mission: Fr Chima Ofor “least expected” to be Petrie community’s parish priest but joyously took on his new role when he was installed by Archbishop Mark Coleridge on February 28.

By Emilie Ng NINE months is needed to form a new human being in the womb, but it’s also the timeframe for Fr Chima Ofor’s “birth” as Petrie’s newest parish priest. After nine months as Petrie parish’s associate pastor, Fr Ofor is now the community’s parish priest, taking over from his predecessor Fr Dave O’Connor, who resigned last year. Fr ... Read More »

International Women’s Day celebrated in style

Day for women: Marie-Louise Stolberg, Carolyn Duffy, Lisa Westerdale, Margie Best, Jenny Grace, Christine Nash, guest speaker Jan Whiteway, Carlie Neighbour and Kim Fehervary enjoyed St William’s IWD breakfast.

WOMEN who “Make it Happen” were honoured at celebrations to mark International Women’s Day in Brisbane archdiocese’s community of schools. IWD celebrates the global economic, political and social developments of women past, present and future, and for the past four years, St Francis College, Crestmead, has used the occasion to bring mothers, grandmothers, aunts and girls in Years 10-12 together. ... Read More »

Saving lives

By Emilie Ng PARENTS cuddled their young when Victorian MP Bernie Finn said at Brisbane’s Rally for Life that it was “a national disgrace” that 100,000 babies are killed each year. Mr Finn was one of four speakers calling for an end to abortions at the annual pro-life event held at Queens Park on Saturday, March 7. More than 200 ... Read More »

Keeping faith in the Pine Mountain family

By Emilie Ng PINE Mountain Catholic worshippers know the secret to keeping a Church community alive for 150 years. Their secret is also the advice Irish Servant of God Fr Patrick Peyton gave when he famously said, “A family that prays together, stays together”. This Church family are uniquely connected, as all are related either by blood or marriage, and connected ... Read More »

Fr Ekpo’s theological insights grab US attention

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE priest Fr Anthony Ekpo, who describes himself as “a bit of a book worm”, is excited about having one of his most recent articles accepted by Theological Studies¸ a prestigious international theological journal. Fr Ekpo, a priest from the Umuahia diocese in Nigeria who is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s pastoral assistant in Brisbane Archdiocese, said having his article ... Read More »

Nerang unveils new statue of patron saint

By Isaac Murphy ST Brigid’s parish, Nerang, has unveiled a new statue to honour its parish patron. The initiative was arranged by parish priest Fr Rafal Rucinski, who’s been with the community for four years. The idea was formulated when church-goers mingled after Mass on February 1, a day set aside to honour the saint. It was through talking to members ... Read More »

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