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Schoolies in safe hands

By Paul Dobbyn ROSIES is experiencing a mix of familiar and new as it gears up for its annual presence at Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast and a change of leadership takes place. New general manager Troy Bailey, a self-described “passionate Rosies volunteer”, will be working alongside other volunteers at Schoolies Week which started on November 16. The 47-year-old ... Read More »

Love and community at heart of Booval

By Emilie Ng LOVE and community is at the core of Booval’s Sacred Heart primary school’s new facility – the Amare Centre. The centre’s name is taken from the school’s motto, “Amare est Servire” – “to love is to serve”. Members of the school and parish community agreed the centre should be named in honour of the love shown by ... Read More »

Survivors clinging to hope

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Filipino community chaplain Fr Marce Singson is fielding desperate calls as the full extent of devastation from super Typhoon Haiyan emerges. Fr Singson, a Benedictine priest, is also trying to get details of the wellbeing of his own family – he has 12 siblings and 17 nephews and nieces living in various parts of Leyte, ... Read More »

St Vincent’s Hospital clinic easing burdens

St Vincent’s Hospital clinic easing burdens

DOCTORS and nurses at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane have  witnessed an “increased quality of life” in patients using the new Centre for Pain Management. Since opening in July, the centre has implanted more than 30 high-frequency spinal cord stimulators that have reduced debilitating neck and back pain. These stimulators have only been approved in Australia and Europe. St Vincent’s ... Read More »

Surfers reaching out with coffee

Surfers reaching out with coffee

SURFERS Paradise parish has taken up Pope Francis’ challenge to “go outside of itself” with plans to open an outreach café. After the Pope’s call to reach out to those outside the Church, parish priest Fr Tim Harris said a café was a unique way of “conversing with the world”. “In this day and age, we have to think outside ... Read More »

Archbishop reflects on first meeting with Pope Francis

Archbishop reflects on first meeting with Pope Francis

“THE impression Pope Francis gave was that he was going to make the papacy rather than have the papacy make him.“ Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said this had been a key thought during his first meeting with the Pope in Rome recently. “He is very much his own man, perhaps because he is so evidently a man of God,” he ... Read More »

Pope Francis wants to hear from you

Pope Francis wants to hear from you

CATHOLICS in Brisbane archdiocese and throughout the universal Church can give input into 38 questions on how Church teaching on marriage and family is promoted and how well it is accepted. Responses are to be summarised and sent to the Vatican by the end of January. The questions are part of a preparatory document for the extraordinary Synod of Bishops ... Read More »

Campaign yields many fruits

Patrice and James McKay with Archbishop Mark Coleridge (second from left) and Peter de Keratry (right) at a reception for donors at the Francis Rush Centre during the Annual Catholic Campaign.

BRISBANE archdiocese’s Annual Catholic Campaign has had multiple benefits apart from raising more than $1 million, according to co-chair James McKay and others involved in the campaign. “It was also an excellent way of highlighting the many amazing things the Catholic Church does in so many different areas,” Mr McKay, who co-chaired the campaign with his wife Patrice, said. “The ... Read More »

Br Venard offers his last book

Br John Venard at the recent launch of his book Finally, The Battler’s God with Marist Ashgrove Year 5 teacher Scott Murphy.

MARIST Brother John Venard, a regular columnist for The Catholic Leader, has launched a new book – Finally, The Battler’s God. Br Venard, at the recent launch at Marist College Ashgrove, where he lives in retirement, said the word “finally” was in the title because this seventh book would be his last. As with his previous books, this one is ... Read More »

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