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Oblate time

By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIA’S first Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate to be appointed a bishop was “still in shock” days after accepting his appointment. Brisbane’s Iona College rector Bishop-elect Mark Edwards received an invitation two weeks ago from Australia’s former apostolic nuncio Archbishop Paul Gallagher “to discuss religious life in Queensland”. “I thought it had some credibility, as next year ... Read More »

Noosa’s sailors setting sail

By Emilie Ng BRILLIANT blue skies provided the perfect background for the traditional fleet blessing at the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club last month. Noosa parish priest Fr Mark Franklin presided at this year’s blessing, continuing a long-standing tradition. Fr Franklin said the blessing “commenced the season” for sailors and members of the club’s youth fleet. He blessed more than ... Read More »

Ballycara honoured by GG

IN a rare honour for the development of retirement living, Governor General Peter Cosgrove has praised BallyCara Retirement Village for its community spirit while recently opening new facilities. He made the comments on October 20 while unveiling the BallyCara Wellness Centre and Amicus Apartments, the latest additions to the community centre at Scarborough. A long-time supporter of BallyCara, the governor ... Read More »

Exhibition of hope and love

EXPLORING themes of social justice, through a series of artworks by refugee artists is the aim of a new exhibition in Brisbane. The exhibition Hope & Love: Through the Eyes of Refugees is hosted by the Mercy Heritage Centre, located within All Hallows’ Convent in Ann Street, Brisbane. A joint initiative of the Mercy Heritage Centre and Mercy Community Services ... Read More »

The ‘jewel’ of Biggenden turns 75 with celebrations

By Emilie Ng WHEN Biggenden’s Catholic community opened the doors to St Peter’s Church on their 75th jubilee, the overwhelming crowd gave incredible hope to locals. More than 150 people “crammed” into the small timber church on October 19 to celebrate 75 years since it was built. The turnout was almost 15 times the number of usual Mass attendants, which ... Read More »

Drop-in centre reaches the darkest pockets of society

By Emilie Ng MEMBERS of a grassroots Catholic ministry have established their first drop-in centre to provide greater support and intervention for Brisbane city’s vulnerable. Brisbane-based outreach Blind Eye Ministries has been ministering to the city’s homeless, marginalised indigenous and those struggling with unwanted or unplanned pregnancies since 2010. Blind Eye Ministries co-ordinator Roby Curtis said the drop-in centre would ... Read More »

A gentle giant

By Paul Dobbyn STAFF and students at St Mark’s Primary School, Inala, are in the early stages of grieving their “gentle giant” Fr Gerard Mulholland who has been a major part of their community for the past four years. Fr Mulholland is stricken with Motor Neurone Disease and in the care of his religious order, the Divine Word Missionaries, at ... Read More »

Nudgee Old Boys ‘still kids’ 60 years on

By Emilie Ng CLASSMATES from St Joseph’s Nudgee College’s 1954 class may be 60 years older, but their recent reunion last month released their inner teenage spirits. More than 90 men who graduated from Nudgee College in the late 1950s returned to their beloved school for a celebration Mass and lunch, including the former 1954 school captain Tom McDonnell. Old ... Read More »

Helping others to discern the call

By Fr Morgan Batt BRISBANE archdiocese’s Vocations Office hosted the National Diocesan Vocations Directors Conference held at Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary, Banyo from October 21-22. This was the first time the event had been held in five years. The vocation directors met to look at national issues in vocations, discernment programs, resources and outreach evangelisation campaigns. Highlights of the conference ... Read More »

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