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Baby’s ‘miracle’ healing leads mother to the Church

Jazz Yi Li, Joseph Hoang and Mark Yi Hoang

GOLD Coast mother Jazz Yue Yi Li never thought God was real until she saw her newborn son nearly die in hospital. Ms Yi Li gave birth to her son Mark Yi Hoang on April 6 last year but after being discharged was rushed to the hospital “with a life-threatening situation”. Mark had contracted the dangerous Group B Streptococcal infection, ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast multi-millionaire Catholic has Biblical approach to donating his money

Roy and Nola Thompson

MAROOCHYDORE parishioner Roy Thompson agrees with Jesus’ warning not to store his treasures on earth, which is why he’s donated millions of dollars on the Sunshine Coast. The property developer and former publican is a multi-millionaire philanthropist who has given generously to improve life for residents on the Coast. To the University of the Sunshine Coast alone, the generous Catholic ... Read More »

Catholic schools leader to help tackle cyberbullying in Queensland Premier’s task force

cyberbullying

RECOMMENDATIONS from the Catholic education sector on how to deal with the rise of cyberbullying in schools will be considered by a new Queensland Government task force. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was announced as one of the 14 members of the Queensland Anti-Bullying Task Force, which will make recommendations for community and government action to ... Read More »

Young people’s education top priority for Queensland Catholics

Beryl Neilsen

CATTLE property owner Beryl Neilsen has made it her life’s purpose to give young people living in remote areas of Queensland a quality education. The Catholic woman originally from the West Mackay parish is the founder of the Winchester Foundation, which offers scholarships to young people in rural Queensland. The foundation is named after Winchester Downs, a cattle property near ... Read More »

Relics of Maronite’s founding father venerated in Brisbane for first time

Children before St Maroun's relics

MARONITE Catholics living in Brisbane made a pilgrimage to their homeland of Lebanon in the spiritual sense when they welcomed the first-class relics of their founding father St Maroun. The Maronite community of St Maroun’s, Greenslopes, venerated the ex-ossibus relics of St Maroun, taken from his skull, at Evening Prayer on February 10. St Maroun was a Christian hermit monk ... Read More »

ACU going strong despite cuts to eleven Brisbane-based courses

Dr Stephen Weller

DR Stephen Weller is upbeat about the rapid growth of Australian Catholic University, and particularly its Brisbane campus at Banyo, despite the axing of dozens of courses before the start of the year. “There were a number of prospective students who were disgruntled at our decision to cancel a course they had applied for – no question,” ACU’s deputy vice-chancellor ... Read More »

Seven young men make ‘heroic’ entry into Banyo seminary

New seminarians for 2018

YOUNGER faces will be a common sight at Queensland’s Holy Spirit seminary this year as seven men under 30 began their studies for the priesthood this week. Brisbane archdiocese welcomed seven young men to the seminary on February 11, making it the largest local intake in years. The cohort includes two Vietnamese men who were invited to study at the ... Read More »

Brisbane Lenten program rolls out brand new DVD resource

Katelyn Ross and John Evans from the Brisbane Lenten prgram

A YOUNG woman who suffered from anorexia as a teenager and a man who found healing from his abusive past have shared their stories for Brisbane archdiocese’s annual Lenten program. Katelyn Ross and John Evans are among the six Catholics from Brisbane who share openly about their experiences of blessings and brokenness for the 2018 program. The stories are told ... Read More »

Departing Capuchin pastor wants more lay leadership

Capuchin Fathers Severino Bustamante and Fr John Spiteri

CAPUCHIN Father John Spiteri has kind words for the members Wynnum’s Guardian Angels Parish, as he departs after six years to take up a new mission in Melbourne. “This is a warm hearted parish, generous to a fault, and they’ve been very patient with me. They’ve put up with my antics,” he said. “I learnt a lot. I had a ... Read More »

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