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Marist tradition celebrated in Innisfail

By Paul Dobbyn PAST and future came together at Innisfail’s Good Counsel College recently when the 75th anniversary of Marist education in the district coincided with the opening of a major educational facility on the campus. The La Valla Centre, complete with state-of-the-art library, lecture theatre, graphics and information technology laboratories, and general teaching areas, was blessed during a liturgy ... Read More »

Congolese youngsters calling Kyogle home

FIVE Congolese orphans happily settled in Kyogle recently met the Salesian Brother who helped arrange their placement in Australia. Australian Salesian Missions director Michael Lynch said he was pleased to see the young people – Labelle Mayangi, 20, and her four brothers Mbo and Mpia, both 17, Jeremy, 15, and Samuel, 12 – taking part in many community activities. “Some ... Read More »

Prisoners taking faith journey

By Paul Dobbyn PRISONERS at Cairns Lotus Glen Correctional Centre are able to pray and discuss their faith thanks to visits from fellow Catholics. Francis Bedford said the pastoral experience he was getting in the prison ministry was enriching in many ways. Cairns diocese has two pastoral care associates as well as staff of pastoral support services attending to the ... Read More »

‘Adult entertainment’ venue in a precinct full of families

By Paul Dobbyn JENNY Goodwin is asking state Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie “to stop sitting on his hands” and ensure that adult entertainment venues similar to The Vault on Ruthven in Toowoomba are not imposed on other communities. “As the minister in charge of the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, the attorney-general needs to have a good look at what’s ... Read More »

Honour for Bishop Foley

By Paul Dobbyn CAIRNS Bishop James Foley felt a “little bit of a cheat” as he “waltzed in” to receive his honorary doctorate at Banyo’s Australian Catholic University recently. “I was the centre of attention and gave the main speech whereas everyone else got ‘real’ awards after toiling away at their qualifications for many a year,” he said. Bishop Foley ... Read More »

Bishop asks for prayers at start of his ministry in Rockhampton diocese

By Emilie Ng ROCKHAMPTON diocese’s 10th bishop stepped out of St Joseph’s Cathedral feeling “absolutely terrific” after a tremendous welcome into his new diocese on May 29. Minutes after his ordination, Bishop McCarthy said he already felt “very much part of the Rockhampton diocese”. “It was a lovely celebration,” he said. “It’s great to be part of a new diocese.” Rockhampton’s ... Read More »

Brisbane priest now 10th Bishop of Rockhampton

By Emilie Ng ROCKHAMPTON diocese welcomed a former Brisbane priest as its 10th bishop at an episcopal ordination Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral on Thursday, May 29. Bishop Michael McCarthy was ordained a bishop by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge as family, close friends and Catholics from throughout Brisbane, Rockhampton and parts of Australia watched on. Apostolic nuncio Archbishop Paul Gallagher and ... Read More »

Joyous leader

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE has been the pastoral stepping stone for newly-ordained Bishop Michael McCarthy, who now looks to Rockhampton as the diocese where he could leave an even greater legacy. The 10th Bishop of Rockhampton stood before hundreds at St Joseph’s Cathedral on May 29 and with joy proclaimed himself “Michael, your Bishop”. The divine moment when he went from ... Read More »

New school in Mackay

By Paul Dobbyn A NEW school to be opened in Bucasia, North Mackay, next year will be called St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School. Rockhampton Catholic Education director Leesa Jeffcoat announced the name on May 7. Then diocesan administrator Fr John Grace chose the name after extensive community consultation. Miss Jeffcoat said this was exciting for Catholic education in Mackay where ... Read More »

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