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Asylum seekers laud level playing field

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By Paul Dobbyn SRI Lankan asylum seekers playing in soccer and cricket teams around Brisbane have witnessed to the power of sport to build bridges with the wider community. Several young men belonging to the Tigers Eleven Soccer Club and the Tamil junior cricket team told their stories at the Brisbane launch of the Australian bishops’ 2014/2015 Social Justice Statement, ... Read More »

Chaldean Catholics in Brisbane have different view of Iraqis returning to homes

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CHALDEAN Catholics and former Iraqis living in Brisbane, Asaad and Sahar Jarjees, dispute reports that Christians were returning to Alqosh in their homeland because it was safe to do so. Assyrian International News Agency reported on September 16 that more than 75 per cent of Alqosh’s residents had returned to the town after having fled from Islamic State militants on ... Read More »

Mosque protests prompt pleas from faith leaders

By Paul Dobbyn MAROOCHYDORE priest Fr Joe Duffy is having second thoughts about “an inter-faith street party” to celebrate the purchase of land for a mosque next to Stella Maris Church. This follows angry protests last weekend in the street near the land, formerly owned by the Uniting Church and purchased by the Muslim Organisation of the Sunshine Coast. About ... Read More »

Sisters of Charity honoured for 175 years of dedication

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By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIA’S first women religious, the Sisters of Charity, have been honoured with a memorial plaque presented to two health care ministries under the Sisters’ care in Brisbane. St Vincent’s Private Hospital and Marycrest Retirement Centre, both in Kangaroo Point, received the plaque at a retirement and hospital community Mass on September 16. Five Sisters of Charity arrived ... Read More »

Stories from a military life

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BY any measure, Brisbane archdiocese’s Deacon Gary Stone’s life is an extraordinary one. Now his life is the subject of a book, Duntroon to Dili, being launched by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge at St Peter Chanel parish hall, The Gap on Friday, September 26. Deacon Stone’s book relates adventures and challenges in his roles including soldier, commander, husband, parent, peacekeeper, ... Read More »

Bishop visits Capuchin parishes

Capuchins and Bishop Oudeman

By Emile Ng CAPUCHIN friars living south of the Brisbane river welcomed one of their own, Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman, into their community earlier this month. Bishop Oudeman made a pastoral visit to his fellow Capuchin brothers between September 5 and 7. He also met with members of the connecting school and parish communities. Children from St Ita’s, Dutton ... Read More »

Nigerian priests return home

Fr Chukwudi & Fr Nicholas

By Emilie Ng and Joe Higgins BRISBANE parishes welcomed two new priests returning from their home in Nigeria this month for their first three years of priestly mission in the archdiocese. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained Fr Chuckwudi Chinaka and Fr Nicholas Okafor along with eight other men for their home Diocese of Umuahia, Nigeria. Fr Chinaka said being ordained ... Read More »

Building awareness of the permanent diaconate

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WITHOUT a wife by his side Brisbane archdiocese’s permanent Deacon Peter Devenish-Meares said he couldn’t take on the task of “being Christ” in the world. Deacon Devenish-Meares and wife Jo Devenish-Meares have spent the last 10 years adjusting to a life with three daughters and being an ordained ministry for the Church. The deacon and wife joined 10 others with ... Read More »

A flourishing ministry

By Paul Dobbyn WHEN Missionaries of God’s Love founder Fr Ken Barker presents remarkable moments of grace in his life and others, they glow like unforgettably precious stones. This gift was very much on display recently when he spoke about highlights in his 40 years of priesthood. “A moment which strikes me, even after all these years, is my ordination ... Read More »

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