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The fruit of the vine

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Assembly of Catholic Professionals guest speaker Tim Kirk, voted Australian winemaker of the Year in 2013 by a gourmet wine magazine, recently delivered what he called his “theology of winemaking” to the assembly’s largest audience yet. “Part of God’s glorious creation is present through the medium of wine,” he said. “To work with creation, a ... Read More »

‘Great adventure’ shared

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely and Jubilee parish priest Fr Peter Brannelly, who started their seminary studies together 32 years ago, agree the priesthood has been “a great     adventure with many surprises”. One delightful surprise for both men has been a friendship which has flourished right through to the silver jubilees they recently celebrated ... Read More »

United in prayer for peace

WHEN Sandy O’Donohue, one of the organisers of this year’s World Day of Prayer in St Stephen’s Cathedral Brisbane, approached the Egyptian Embassy in Sydney for one of the country’s flags she got an unexpected bonus. “The Consul General Ayman Aly Kamel asked if we had a guest speaker yet,” she said. “I said we didn’t and he said because ... Read More »

New pastor grateful for the gift of priesthood

NEW friends gathered with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge to install Fr Joseph Kannatt as the new parish priest of Beenleigh on February 8. Fr Kannatt, a Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament priest, shared this occasion with parishioners at St Patrick’s Church and with brother priests, vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely, MCBS provincial superior Fr Joseph Mulangattil, Fr Michael McKeaten, ... Read More »

Musician, nurse take on ambassador roles

ANNABEL Pike and Michael Mangan will be the official ambassadors for Catholic Education Week 2014 in Queensland. Annabel is a past student of St Agatha’s School and St Rita’s College, Clayfield. She is a nursing graduate of the Australian Catholic University’s Early Achievers Program and the recipient of the 2012 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards’ Outstanding Graduate of the Year. Annabel ... Read More »

Plan to pass on the faith

COMMON regrets uncovered among many Catholic grandfathers are that the faith is not being passed on to their grandchildren. menALIVE co-founder Robert Falzon discovered this as he travelled around with the team, which runs men’s weekends around Australia and New Zealand. “Grandfathers would often speak to us of their sorrow at how their children did not attend Mass or practise ... Read More »

Hundreds rally at city event to protect all life

PROTECTING  life at all ages was a key message for the hundreds of people attending the Rally for Life in Bisbane’s CBD last weekend. In a letter of support to the rally,  Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said:  “I cannot be with you, not only to protest the violation of life, but also to celebrate life as the blessing which it ... Read More »

Bishop Morris move clarified

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has praised former Toowoomba Bishop Bill Morris for his decisive actions against child sexual abuse in one of the diocese’s schools. However, Archbishop Coleridge made clear Bishop Morris’ removal from office in 2011 by Pope Benedict “had absolutely nothing to do with the bishop’s exemplary actions once he was informed of the abuse that had happened ... Read More »

Bell a lasting tribute to Sisters

MORE than 150 people gathered on February 1 at St Joseph’s Church, Murgon, for a Thanksgiving Mass for the 77 years of service of the Presentation Sisters to the parish of Murgon. The departure of Sr Carmel and Sr Vianney has meant the Presentation Sisters will end their involvement in the parish. In his homily, parish priest Marist Father Michael ... Read More »

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