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Donna’s moving on with Passion

WE’VE barely had time to put the Christmas crib away and Donna Longland and her friends already have their minds on Easter. It’s the same every year. As soon as January arrives they start preparing for the Iona Passion Play, which has its home at Iona College, on Brisbane’s bayside. Donna, a Brisbane Catholic, has been doing that for 25 ... Read More »

Bishop McCarthy honours Mercy Sisters ‘on holy ground’

ROCKHAMPTON Bishop Michael McCarthy took his chance recently to pay tribute to the Sisters of Mercy, saying he was he was “standing on holy ground” as he did. He was celebrating Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral, Rockhampton, and marking the golden jubilees of four Rockhampton Sisters of Mercy – Sr Margaret Schofield, Sr Maria Jean Rhule, Sr Moira Truelson and ... Read More »

Br Gary’s life of compassion stretches from Surat to Sydney

A CHRISTIAN Brother whose first job was working in a shearing shed in outback Queensland and who ended up ministering to prisoners died recently after an accident on the road to Toowoomba. Br Gary Ferguson and a fellow Christian Brother Patrick White were both taken to Toowoomba Hospital after the accident, and Br Ferguson died there on December 27 surrounded ... Read More »

Mixed blessings for Catholics living on the land, praying for rain

IT’S been a summer of mixed blessings for many in Queensland’s Central West parishes – for some it’s beautifully wet and for others miserably dry. Graziers in that region have been battling through drought for almost a decade, one of the worst on record, and parishes have been praying for rain. Some parishioners have had their prayers answsered while others ... Read More »

Catholic duo reach number 1 on Apple’s podcast rankings

IF great minds had brainstormed how to create a podcast that would jump to No. 1 in Apple’s podcast rankings, they never would have landed on The Bible in a Year, joked Jeff Cavins, a biblical scholar and creator of the Great Adventure Bible Timeline. Yet, two weeks into 2021, The Bible in a Year with Fr Mike Schmitz tops the ... Read More »

Second Catholic president causes some to celebrate, gives others anxiety

JOE Biden became the second Catholic to be inaugurated as president of the United States on January 20, giving some US Catholics and their religious leaders a reason to rejoice and others to fear more access to abortion under his leadership. As Mr Biden placed his hand on the Bible and was sworn in as the 46th president of the ... Read More »

Always open to the Holy Spirit

HELPING people “fall in love with Jesus” – how’s that for a job description? There probably should be more words around that but that’s at the heart of what Mike Humphrys has been doing in Brisbane archdiocese for the past 24 years. His job title when he retired at the end of last year was associate director with Evangelisation Brisbane ... Read More »

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson dies aged 70

THE Church is mourning the death of the former Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, aged 70. Even though he suffered a series of health issues in recent years, including cancer, his death on Sunday, January 17 was unexpected, according to the Archdiocese of Adelaide. Close friend, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference tweeted: “Philip Wilson, ... Read More »

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