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Helen Plant grateful for her small Impact in Uganda

Making a difference: Helen Plant showing off the hand-made Rosary beads from Uganda at the Impact stall at the Ignite Conference in Brisbane recently.

EDUCATION is what lifts a country out of poverty, says Helen Plant, who has returned from her fifth trip to the Holy Trinity Community in Masaka, Uganda. Mrs Plant and seven others from mission outreach group Impact Uganda, an Emmanuel Community ministry, met with sponsor children and community members over the course of two weeks. Impact supports about 120 Ugandan ... Read More »

Visiting priest from drought devastated region says ‘thanks’

Brisbane visit: Fr Jayanthi Maddala (left), of Blackall/Tambo parish, is with Bracken Ridge parish priest Fr Gerry Hefferan in St Joseph’s Church, Bracken Ridge.

A PRIEST took time away from his parish in the heart of drought-ravaged country Queensland recently to visit Brisbane and say “Thank you”. Fr Jayanthi Maddala, who ministers in the Central West Queensland parish of Blackall/Tambo in Rockhampton diocese, visited the Parish of St Joseph and St Anthony at Bracken Ridge in Brisbane’s northern suburbs to thank the community there ... Read More »

South Sudanese and Italian migrant families share faith and hope

Leading with faith: FCI chaplain Scalabrinian Father Angelo Cagna with members of the Italian and Sudanese communities of Brisbane.

MIGRATING ​South Sudanese and Italian families share more than the hope found in settling in Brisbane. For 21 years, the local Italian Catholic Federation of Aspley-Geebung (FCI) ​and North Brisbane FCI have nurtured mutual support, cultural expression and faith sharing among their communities. This connection was celebrated when families and individuals gathered in St Gerard Majella parish on October 7. Scalabrinian Missionary Italian Chaplain ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory rejoices over canonisation of St John Henry Newman

THE life of newly declared St John Henry Newman holds a special significance for one Brisbane congregation – the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. Among the throng at the canonisation ceremony in Rome’s St Peter’s Square last Sunday was Brisbane Oratory’s Italian-speaking Fr Scot Armstrong.  He was selected to witness the event on behalf of his congregation, while others celebrated the ... Read More »

Thousands march through Brisbane to fight system of death allowing abortion, euthanasia

TWO thousand people gathered at Queens Gardens, equipped with placards emblazoned “Choose Life” and “Love them Both”, and cut a protest column through Brisbane’s streets to March for Life on Saturday, October 12. It marked almost a year since the Queensland Government had passed its radical abortion laws; protesters had not forgotten this “betrayal”, taking their outrage to Speaker’s Corner. ... Read More »

Top End Bishop says Indigenous are ‘the most traumatised people I’ve ever met’

Bishop Charles Gauci: “My experience tells me many of the Aboriginal people I’ve been meeting with are amongst the most traumatised people I’ve ever met, and maybe even on this planet.”

MALTESE-born Charles Gauci has spent much of his first year as Bishop of Darwin moving about Australia’s massive northern diocese that is two-and-a-half times the size of France. “I’m on a new adventure, walking alongside many people,” Bishop Gauci confides during an interview in his residence next door to Darwin’s St Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral. The late afternoon ... Read More »

Capuchins, or the men who find Christ in the leper

Joy is a habit: “I think it’s very important for young people to see the variety of vocations that exist in the Church so they can really open their hearts to what the Spirit’s inspiring.”

AS far as vocation stories go, St Francis of Assisi had a wild one. “Francis was one that was going after everything the world told him and all the young people were dreaming of – wealth, social status, nobility,” Capuchin Father Thomas McFadden said. “All of a sudden, he realised he’d been heading in the wrong direction … that shook him.  ... Read More »

Andy Gourley’s getting Red-y for Schoolies

ANDY Gourley has some good news for parents and young people about Schoolies 2019.  “The behaviour at Schoolies has changed radically; it’s so much safer than back in the day,” Mr Gourley, the Red Frogs Australia Chaplaincy Network national co-ordinator, said. “Also, young people aren’t drinking as much these days either and (young people are) looking after each other really ... Read More »

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