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Meet the married men who will be ordained deacons next week

Married men becoming deacons

A FINANCIAL economist, a renowned technologist, a researcher for the CSIRO, and a former Protestant pastor will walk into a cathedral to become deacons next week. Adam Walk, Ivan Ortiz, Chad Hargrave and Peter Pellicaan are one week out from their ordination to the permanent diaconate, one of three ranks in the sacrament of Holy Orders. They are all married ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop says Church will never accept assisted suicide because it is intentional killing

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris has spoken out strongly against euthanasia and defended comments he made likening a push to allow voluntary assisted dying in Queensland to “a mentality that existed in Nazi Germany”. Bishop Harris said it was an important time to have a conversation on the “grim” topic following the Queensland Government’s committee hearings, which could result in new ... Read More »

Community Leader Award winners shocked, stunned and surprised to be honoured

Community Leader Awards winners for 2019

COMMUNITY Leader of the Year award winner Danny Higgins said he draws his strength from Christ’s example as he ministers to those who suffer from poor mental health. “That comes directly from Christ,” the Knight-Hospitaller of the Order of Malta who does chaplaincy work in hospitals said. “Every story in the Gospels is about Christ challenging the norm of the ... Read More »

Young Kamilaroi woman Shaunah Downton wants to end post-natal depression among her people

SHAUNAH Downton isn’t your average graduating senior.  The 18-year-old was awarded early entry to study midwifery at Australian Catholic University, Banyo, following a school-based traineeship with Metro North Hospital and Health Service. From the Kamilaroi people in Mungindi, overlapping NSW and Queensland borders but with a NSW postcode, Shaunah was named Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the ... Read More »

Brisbane priest urges more help for West Papuans in exile following visit to PNG

A HIGH-level Australian Catholic delegation has met with former Manus Island asylum seekers and refugees now in Port Moresby, and heard shocking stories of their detention. “It was shameful to hear how our government has treated them on Manus Island and how some of them would feel safer in some totalitarian prison back home rather than what they had been ... Read More »

Veteran suicide royal commission unwarranted, former officer says

THE Federal Government is considering ordering a royal commission into veteran suicides, but high-ranking returned officer Kel Ryan says the proposal would be unwarranted and costly. Lt Col Ryan, a Vietnam War veteran and parishioner from Goodna, has been involved in veteran issues for more than 30 years, and said during the last two decades there have been many studies ... Read More »

Let’s talk about death

DYING is one of the most widely misunderstood natural processes.  Like a pregnant mother heading towards labour, it was often when people learned more about what they would go through that the fear of it abated, palliative medicine specialist Dr Judith McEniery said. “It’s the same thing with dying, if people knew about the ‘normal’, they would be less afraid,” ... Read More »

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