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Cathedral group cleans up

THINGS will be even greener than usual around the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct thanks to an ongoing sustainability learning project. The Cathedral Precinct Sustainability Learning Community, with guidance from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s office for Catholic Earthcare, is helping to promote ecological conversion. Group co-convenor Chris Ehler said this was being done through education and direct action. “The group ... Read More »

Growth creates optimism at ACU

By Paul Dobbyn “TODAY we celebrate the formal start of the academic year by the investment of our student leaders with a great sense of optimism.” Australian Catholic University Brisbane associate vice-chancellor Professor Jim Nyland with these words opened the Commencement Mass held in the university’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit on March 4. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge was principal ... Read More »

Homeless man finds peace in the Church

By Emilie Ng GOLD Coast man Bill Deacon might be living in a colony for the homeless, but this Easter he will formally call the Catholic Church home. The 74-year-old former Anglican of 26 years will be entering into full communion with the Church this Easter along with more than 90 other converts from the Brisbane archdiocese. Mr Deacon is ... Read More »

Rockhampton diocese’s new leader named

By Paul Dobbyn WHEN Brisbane’s vicar for clergy Fr Michael McCarthy headed down to meet with the apostolic nuncio in Canberra on Ash Wednesday, he certainly wasn’t thinking about becoming Rockhampton’s 10th bishop. “I didn’t suspect a thing,” Bishop-elect McCarthy said. “I thought perhaps it was to do with my current role. “It was very humbling to be asked to ... Read More »

Stations blessed in time for Lent

JINDALEE parishioners have a new way to enter more deeply into Christ’s sorrowful passion during Lent with the blessing of a new set of Stations of the Cross. Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan blessed the painted stations on February 23 in the presence of the painter, Brisbane artist Cees Sliedrecht. Bishop Finnigan also blessed a new stained-glass window of the ... Read More »

Brisbane begins new bioethics era

By Libby Blom MELBOURNE’S John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family has begun offering bioethics courses in Brisbane. The courses are run by the Queensland Bioethics Centre. Seven students recently spent a weekend on preparation for the first subject to be offered in Brisbane – The Philosophical Foundations of Bioethics. A spokesman said the course was an opportunity for ... Read More »

Ukraine in our prayers

BRISBANE’S Ukrainian community will gather at Woolloongabba’s Church of the Protection of the Mother of God on March 9, offering prayers and collecting alms to support their countrymen as the political crisis in the Ukraine worsens. Ukrainian Catholic chaplain Fr Stefan Sapun said the liturgy at the 9.30am Mass would be dedicated to all who have suffered in the ongoing ... Read More »

Choosing life instead of the shadow of death

This is WENDY  FRANCIS’ speech delivered at the Rally for Life in Brisbane’s Queens Park on February 22. From the very beginning, God gave us choice. Life is full of choices – every single day. You have chosen to be here today and for that I thank you and honour you – because today, we rally together for life. Together, ... Read More »

Despair over abuse

Difficult days

TRUTH, Justice and Healing Commission chief executive officer Francis Sullivan has described “a heavy sense of despair (which) filled the Brisbane hearing rooms” as the Royal Commission concluded six days of hearings into sexual abuse at a Toowoomba Catholic primary school. “The tragic case of 13 young girls abused … has been a miserable saga on every front,” he wrote ... Read More »

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