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Nine seminarians take their next steps on the path to priesthood

TOOWOOMBA Bishop Robert McGuckin celebrated a Mass for nine seminarians who took their next steps towards priesthood at Holy Spirit Chapel, Banyo, on September 17. Bishop McGuckin instituted five men to the ministry of lector and four to the ministry of acolyte. Seminary formation director Fr Frank Jones said it was fantastic to see the seminarians taking their next steps ... Read More »

Vinnies bulletin pinpoints the false arguments supporting euthanasia

IN the lead-up to Queensland’s election next month members and volunteers of the St Vincent de Paul Society have been reminded of their organisation’s commitment to promote “the culture of life”, and take a stand against euthanasia. With the Queensland Government promising to push ahead with euthanasia legislation (Voluntary Assisted Dying), Vincentians are reminded in their latest spiritual development and ... Read More »

Mater nurse sends unused neonatal equipment to Timorese hospitals with high mortality rate

EAST Timor’s shocking lack of resources means many premature babies are dying shortly after birth, which has had heartbreaking consequences for the Timorese community. Mater’s Katherine Jackman discovered this for herself when she was invited to travel to Timor-Leste as part of the Timor Awakening program – an initiative from Brisbane based charity Veterans Care Association. East Timor was a ... Read More »

New icon to be a face of mercy for those coming to the tribunal with difficult situations

REGIONAL Tribunal judicial vicar Fr Adrian Sharp unveiled a freshly written icon of Our Lady Help of Christians to audible gasps at a blessing at Mercy House on September 14. “It was just stunning,” Regional Tribunal director in Brisbane archdiocese Paul Shogren said. “It’s a powerful and beautiful icon that Sr Josephine Marie has written.” Sr Josephine Marie, of the ... Read More »

Missionary of Jesus named among TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020

STANDING toe-to-toe with United States President Donald Trump over the Mexico-US border policy launched Sister Norma Pimentel into the public spotlight last year. This year, Sr Pimentel was named among TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people, which was released today. Sr Pimentel, who is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus and executive director of the Catholic Charities of Rio ... Read More »

For Fr Gary, gratitude fills the moment when missionary zeal takes a rest

COVID-19 has forced Fr Gary Walker, a man who once craved a life of adventure and excitement, to do something he’s never dreamed of doing – stop and rest. Even though the 76-year-old Columban missionary is retired, he’s used to being busy and he was intending to keep it that way. Sitting in a presbytery where he lives in Sandgate, ... Read More »

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