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Brisbane Frassati mustering up young men’s faith for 10 years

THE Frassati Fraternity in Australia, based in Brisbane’s Annerly Ekibin parish, has built a community of faithful Catholic men. For 10 years, it has reached out to guide young men under the patronage of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. The fraternity recently held its first muster since its formation in 2011; the muster was a time to come together, count their ... Read More »

Indigenous students from Brisbane Catholic schools farewell 12 years of education

IT was the end of 12 years of schooling, and Brisbane’s Catholic school Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were farewelled at a graduation liturgy at St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 11. Vashti Borthwick-Beetson, from St Columban’s College, Caboolture, offered a heartfelt student reflection on behalf of all graduates at the liturgy. She thanked everyone who had helped them achieve ... Read More »

Former solider says faith-based rehab program eased decades of anguish

A FORMER soldier who served in East Timor 20 years ago has told how a recent return to that country on a spirituality-inspired rehabilitation program has helped ease decades of suffering from trauma. “I feel like a weight has been lifted, and I can now look at things in a different way,” Townsville veteran Murray Sutherland said.  “A lot of ... Read More »

New Inala parish priest says community rich with multicultural gifts

THE multicultural community of St Mark’s Parish, Inala, turned out in force recently for the installation of new parish priest Divine Word Missionaries Father Boni Buahendri. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the installation Mass, in front of a packed congregation of more than 600. Fr Buahendri, originally from Indonesia, said he felt “very warmly welcomed”. “It was really wonderful,” he ... Read More »

Meet the Rwandan Catholic saving taxpayers millions by giving refuges and migrants a dream

“A LACK of dream, a lack of belonging; the best way to combat youth crime is not to build bigger detention centres,” Sunnybank parishioner Protais Muhirwa, who founded Active Refugee and Migrant Integration in Australia five years ago, said. “It’s wrong, it’s very wrong; when they release them they’re worse criminals. “The best way to combat terrorism, it’s not to ... Read More »

Brisbane dad fighting to protect children from pornography welcomes government inquiry

Paul Ninnes

A BRISBANE parent advocating for protection of children against child pornography has welcomed a government inquiry into the sensitive subject. “Thank you for fighting for our kids,” Paul Ninnes said in an online statement to thousands of people who signed an online petition calling for government action.  “As a dad and someone that deals with the effects of childhood exposure ... Read More »

Woodridge parish priest says drug testing welfare recipients not practical

A PARISH priest in Logan, one of the sites proposed to trial drug testing for welfare recipients, says the experiment does not make practical sense. “The addictions of drugs and alcohol need psychological and social work intervention, not compulsion,” Fr David Batey, priest at St Paul’s parish, Woodridge, in the heart of Logan, said.  A Senate committee has heard reams ... Read More »

Emotion hits as bishop takes up call to lead in regional Victoria

SANDHURST’S new shepherd showed his love for the people of God when he failed to hold back tears during his first address as the Bishop of Sandhurst. Bishop Shane Mackinlay, who was ordained the eighth Bishop of Sandhurst on October 16, made a bittersweet farewell to the parishes of Bungaree and Gordon, where he has called home for 15 years. ... Read More »

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