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‘Heroic’ priest for the people dies after years of suffering, aged 67

By Emilie Ng FR Bill McCarthy always put God’s people first, even until his last breath. After suffering more than 10 years of serious illness caused by an accident at an Indooroopilly parish working bee which led to a severe foot infection, Fr McCarthy was brought to eternal rest on July 18. His last moments were with his sisters and ... Read More »

Oceans divide, faith unites

Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained 10 priests at Mater Dei Cathedral, Umuahia, Nigeria, on July 19. He was there as a guest of Bishop Lucius Ugorji of Umuahia, as a result of the partnership between the Umuahia and Brisbane dioceses. Brisbane episcopal centre project officer LISA FORBES writes about the ordination Mass. ARCHBISHOP Mark’s voice rang out in Mater Dei Cathedral, ... Read More »

Nigerian welcome

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge left Brisbane to visit Umuahia diocese, Nigeria, two weeks ago expecting “a new and deeper experience of the Church”, and reports indicate he was not disappointed. Umuahia and Brisbane dioceses have a partnership which involves priests from Umuahia ministering in Brisbane, and seminarians from there receiving some of their training and formation at Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary, ... Read More »

Farming community preserves church built by its ancestors

By Emilie Ng DESCENDANTS linked to one of Ipswich district’s oldest churches are determined to keep their long-time parish from being lost in a culture of “knocking things down”. Cousins Kevin and Gerry Ahearn know St Patrick’s Church in Rosevale, 40 minutes from Ipswich, as the place where their great-grandfathers worshipped in the late 1800s. St Patrick’s, a heritage-listed building, ... Read More »

Precious memories in the frame

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Aboriginal Elder Aunty Melita Orcher has uncovered a priceless treasure from a photographic display of the Sisters of Mercy’s early history in Queensland. She’s been able to view for the first time the only known image of her beloved daughter-in-law Lizzie Smith when she was a young girl. The photograph shows a young Lizzie, her brother ... Read More »

New canon law book launched

By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIAN and African “cross borders” in Brisbane archdiocesan priest Fr Anthony Ekpo’s new book, “The breath of the Spirit in the Church: The Sensus Fidelium and Canon Law”. The book is Fr Ekpo’s doctoral thesis from the Australian Catholic University. At the launch of his book on July 10, Fr Ekpo said a theologian’s story “is one of ... Read More »

Vinnies’ new state president takes up role with humility

By Paul Dobbyn HUMILITY was the prevailing tone in a speech given by Queensland’s new St Vincent de Paul Society president John Forrest at his commissioning Mass in St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill, on July 12. “Today is not just about the commissioning of a new state president; it is a celebration of the spirituality and fraternity that underpins the society,” ... Read More »

Kidnapped religious sisters released in Iraq

By Paul Dobbyn NEWS of the release of two religious sisters and three orphans being held by Islamic militants in Mosul has been greeted with joy by many including Brisbane priest Fr Gerry Hefferan. He said prayers of thanksgiving would now be added to prayers of supplication for the beleaguered Catholic communities of Iraq in Bracken Ridge parish’s prayer vigil ... Read More »

Unholy days

By Paul Dobbyn A BRISBANE priest with links to Catholic communities in Iraq has spoken of an “ongoing disaster” which could see the Christian presence completely vanish from cities such as Mosul. Bracken Ridge parish priest Fr Gerry Hefferan said “for the first time in 1600 years, (Sunday) Mass has not been said anywhere in Mosul”. He said the situation ... Read More »

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