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Brigidine students farewell beloved Alfie

By Libby Blom FOR more than a quarter of the school’s 85 years, Alfie Williams has been a cleaner at Brigidine College, Indooroopilly. It is well known that a positive workplace culture leads to employee loyalty, as expressed in longevity. Mr Williams’ longevity of 35 years is testimony to the culture of the staff, students and the Brigidine charism. Staff ... Read More »

Golden harvest for the story of the Josephites

By Libby Blom THROUGH the vision of then parish priest Monsignor James Kelly and with the support of parishioners, Our Lady’s College, Annerley, opened its doors in January 1964. With 78 students in Years 8 and 9, it was staffed by three Josephite Sisters – the first principal Sr Romuald Lambert, second principal Sr Lucy Tierney and Sr Martin. In ... Read More »

Couples the ‘salt’ of parish

MARRIED couples have been acknowledged as the “salt and light of parish life, preserving Catholic values and lighting the way for those who come after them”. Burleigh Heads parish priest Fr Ken Howell made the comment in his homily at a World Marriage Day Mass, one of several celebrated throughout the archdiocese, on Sunday, February 9. After the homily, Fr ... Read More »

Real people lead in Lent

A SURVIVOR of a saline abortion attempt and a chaplain at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre tell their life stories on a CD forming part of a suite of Lenten resources for Brisbane archdiocese and beyond. Melissa Ohden and Cameron Auld are among six people who share their experiences in the adult resource You Have Set Us Free. The resource ... Read More »

ACU expanding into city

BRISBANE’S Australian Catholic University’s expansion into an inner-city facility for postgraduate events is among reasons for an ongoing sense of optimism at one of Queensland’s fastest growing university campuses. ACU Brisbane associate vice-chancellor Professor Jim Nyland said the facility, occupying an entire floor of Cathedral House in the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct, was “an exciting initiative which had already captured ... Read More »

Power in prayer

SOUTH Sudanese-born Zachria Akojom felt part of Brisbane’s Bracken Ridge parish when he arrived nine years ago. Now he and his wife Mary Baid have even more reason to feel a strong connection. For more than two weeks recently, the parishioners of St Joseph and St Anthony were praying for his friends feared drowned as they fled the violence near ... Read More »

Wilston turns back to its beginnings

WILSTON parishioners began the first of five months in thanksgiving for 100 years of worship at St Columba’s Parish. Two of the church’s first major events were commemorated on February 2 – the first Mass celebrated by the parish on July 5, 1914, and the church’s dedication by Archbishop James Duhig on January 3, 1915. In keeping with the commemoration ... Read More »

Faith unites people of multiple nations

CULTURES merged at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank, at the parish’s first multicultural Mass of the year on February 2. The “cosmopolitan” parish brought together its finest selection of music, song and dance from cultures around the globe. Members of the African community processed down the church isle in traditional dance, bringing to the altar the joys and richness of ... Read More »

Indian priests set to open Brisbane base

THE Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament will establish its first Australian mission house in Brisbane on February 23. The establishment of the Australian MCBS mission house would bring a greater unity among Queensland’s eight MCBS priests, two in Toowoomba and six in Brisbane. MCBS priest Fr Joseph Thottankara will also be installed into his new parish at Holland Park-Mt ... Read More »

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