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Community excited about passion play

By Emilie Ng BURPENGARY Catholics are waiting with excitement for the world famous Iona Passion Play to re-enact the last few hours of Christ’s life at the community’s school. St Eugene College hall will host the performance of Christ’s passion on April 6 at 7pm. The college’s assistant to the principal for religious education Peter Ivers said it would be ... Read More »

Homelessness a target for new Vinnies leader


By Paul Dobbyn ST Vincent de Paul Society’s newly-elected Queensland president John Forrest lists homelessness as a major area of concern as he starts his four-year term. “It’s one of several priorities which will keep my book full for my entire term,” he said. “Mental health issues in those we support are also significant. “I also intend to be very ... Read More »

Former Gold Coast mayor backs ‘Buy a Brick’ project

By Emilie Ng FORMER Gold Coast Mayor Gary Baildon is in full support of Surfers Paradise parish’s fundraising campaign, “Buy a Brick”, to build a new church at Broadbeach. Mr Baildon was announced in the parish as the patron for the campaign last weekend. He has been a parishioner at St Vincent’s Church, Surfers Paradise, for more than 50 years, ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory house blessed by Archbishop

By Emilie Ng FOUR Brisbane Oratory in Formation members gathered in Annerley with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge on Ash Wednesday for a blessing of their new temporary residence, Casa San Girolamo. House residents Fr Adrian Sharp and Fr Paul Chandler invited Archbishop Coleridge to dine with them and two other community members who have not yet begun living in Brisbane. ... Read More »

Clergy from India called ‘a great gift’

By Emilie Ng INDIAN priests are a “great gift” to the Brisbane archdiocese and especially archdiocesan priests, according to vicar for clergy and bishop-elect for Rockhampton Fr Michael McCarthy. Fr McCarthy, vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely and Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge recently met with four priests from India’s Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament to welcome their order’s superior general Fr ... Read More »

Tamil priest arrested

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has joined other organisations in seeking the release of a Tamil priest and a human rights activist who have been arrested in Sri Lanka’s north and imprisoned in Colombo. The arrests of Oblates of Mary Immaculate Father Praveen Mahesan and activist Ruki Fernando have come as Sri Lanka faces censure ... Read More »

Theology of the body explored

By Emilie Ng THEOLOGY of the body is a term many Catholics hear, but few know how to explain. With help from three guest speakers from Melbourne’s John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, almost 100 Catholics went deeper into John Paul II’s great teaching in Brisbane last weekend. The series of seminars and workshops were presented by Real ... Read More »

Daniel remembered at his Coast college

DANIEL Morcombe’s school Siena College at Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast has marked news of the jailing of his murderer with prayer in staff rooms and at last week’s assembly. Principal Graeme Hight said the school’s response had been “deliberately quite low key”. However, memories of the school’s former student who was abducted and murdered by Brett Peter Cowan ... Read More »

Coorparoo Carmelite farewelled

COORPAROO parish has farewelled Carmelite Father Frank Shortis who served the community at Our Lady of Mount Carmel for 13 years. Fr Shortis (pictured) was asked by the Carmelite prior provincial to move to Melbourne to assist with provincial archiving and to help the seminarians in formation. He left on March1. Fr Shortis was the chaplain to the lay Carmelites ... Read More »

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