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Fr Canali’s legacy continues 100 years after death

Fr Canali’s grave at Nudgee

PRIESTS and lay Catholics remembered an “honoured figure” whose life not only shaped grand buildings but also vocations in the Brisbane archdiocese. Fr Joseph Canali, an Italian architect affectionately known as the Apostle of Brisbane, was invited to Brisbane by the archdiocese’s first episcopal leader Bishop James Quinn to complete St Stephen’s Cathedral. His work on the Cathedral led him ... Read More »

New education leader to build on a legacy

Dr Lee-Anne Perry and Orange Sky Laundry founders

By Isaac Murphy NEW Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was organising her diary to visit every diocese before her role began. Dr Perry has been involved in Queensland Catholic education for four decades, serving as a member on the QCEC, including the role of deputy chair, and guiding three Catholic institutions as principal, most recently All ... Read More »

Religious community shares in Myanmar’s heartache

Myanmar disaster

THE Salesian religious community is sharing the heartache of more than one million flood victims in Myanmar while one of the order’s houses “miraculously” escaped damage in a field of devastation. Salesian Missions Australian director Br Michael Lynch is appealing for urgent help for those desperately struggling to recover from the devastating floods resulting from Cyclone Komen which struck on ... Read More »

Refugee says his family are ‘the lucky ones’

Vietnamese refugee family

By Peter Bugden KHAI Nguyen’s eldest daughter Nhi is the same age he was when he hopped on a refugee boat for the dangerous ride to freedom – only 15. He cannot imagine that for her. “That’s why sometimes I do explain it to them (Nhi and her sister Mimi, 12, and brother Phong, nine), that that’s where we come ... Read More »

Joan’s life is dedicated to helping others

  THE sheer breadth of Joan Bremner’s contributions and responsibilities at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital over 40 years of service verges on the astounding. But it is the manner in which she treated everyone with the respect and dignity they deserved that has resonated so vividly with the staff and patients who will miss her presence in the halls. Joan is ... Read More »

Strangers welcome in Cathedral

Grace Rutty and Amanda Schoenfelder

GERMANY’S most successful Catholic youth prayer event inviting strangers to pray in a church is headed for Brisbane next week. University student movement Freedom will host the first Nightfever, a Eucharistic adoration event inspired by the Collogne World Youth Day in 2005, at St Stephen’s Cathedral on August 21. Young people will walk through Brisbane city inviting complete strangers to ... Read More »

Archdiocese’s ‘prayer powerhouse’ turns 50

ORMISTON’S unstoppable prayer powerhouse and home to a group of cloistered women religious turns 50 this year. The Carmelites in Ormiston, on Brisbane’s east, have prayed intimately with God inside the monastery’s walls since 1965. Before their present monastery existed, the Carmelites lived in a temporary house in Auchenflower, on Brisbane’s west. It took six years between purchasing the land ... Read More »

Proud of Catholic excellence

  QUEENSLAND’S education minister acknowledged one of the Church’s gifts to the sunshine state during the week-long salute to Catholic education last month. At the Brisbane launch of Catholic Education Week (July 26 to August 1), Minister Kate Jones said Catholic schools had been “at the forefront of education delivery even before Queensland was a state”. “And today nothing has ... Read More »

Mums and dads not just ‘fundraising machines’

CATHOLIC mum Kaylene Campbell doesn’t believe handing over a credit card to her son’s school is the best way to support his senior secondary education. The mother of two boys and Brisbane archdiocesan branch chair of the Federation of Parents’ and Friends’ Association believes in having an emotional investment with her son’s school at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. “And ... Read More »

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