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Siena seniors ready for blood donor challenge

THE RED Cross Blood Service’s 2013 Schools Challenge has been no mean feat for students at Sienna Catholic College in Sippy Downs. Last year the College’s Year 11 and 12 won the 2013 Queensland titles for Highest Total Donations and Highest Percentage of Student Body. In total students made 187 donations, making a total contribution rate of 87 per cent, ... Read More »

Daniel Morcombe’s legacy lives on through child safety curriculum

A CHILD safety curriculum, named in memory of Daniel Morcombe, is empowering our students to develop the skills needed to better manage their own safety. The specialised curriculum, developed by the Queensland Government in partnership with Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise, highlights the message for students to “Recognise” the signs of danger and trust your body’s natural warning instincts to ... Read More »

Building relationships

By Emilie Ng PARENTS and Friends Federation of Catholic Schools in Queensland is committed to shaping better parents, according to executive director Carmel Nash. To support parents improve their parenting skills, the federation is holding their Biennial Catholic School Parent Conference from April 25 -27. Almost 200 parents and other “significant people in Catholic education” from around the country attend ... Read More »

Minister honours Bishop Putney

By Paul Dobbyn THE live streaming of Bishop Michael Putney’s vigil and funeral for those unable to attend is an indication of the love the city has for the bishop, Mundingburra MP David Crisafulli has told State Parliament. “Often in death people are lionised as superhuman, but there is no need to embellish Michael Putney,” he said in an emotional ... Read More »

Bishop Putney mourned

By Paul Dobbyn Townsville Bishop Michael Putney’s final years have been described as “a lived homily on hope”. Fr Bernie Gallagher, who studied with Bishop Putney at Banyo’s Pius XII Seminary, said he hoped to always remember this part of the bishop’s courageous and faith-filled journey. “Bishop Michael was not deceived by death,” he said. St Stephen’s Cathedral dean Fr ... Read More »

Leaders talk freedom, life and immigration

IN their first encounter, Pope Francis received US President Barack Obama at the Vatican on March 27 for a discussion that touched on several areas of tension between the Catholic Church and the White House, including religious freedom and medical ethics. During an unusually long 50-minute meeting, the two leaders discussed “questions of particular relevance for the Church in (the ... Read More »

Josephites moved to tears

By Paul Dobbyn INSPIRATIONAL singing of hymns with a Josephite connection by Nundah’s Mary MacKillop College students brought tears to the eyes of many among a large gathering of the order’s Sisters recently. Almost 50 Josephite Sisters gathered at the college on March 19 to mark the order’s 50 years of teaching in secondary schools in Queensland. The college’s assistant principal ... Read More »

Bishop Michael Putney called home to God

By Paul Dobbyn TOWNSVILLE’S Bishop Michael Putney, called home to his eternal reward in the early hours of Friday, March 28, had just a week earlier launched a book on his great passion – ecumenism. The 67-year-old bishop’s ministry will continue in other ways too. On the morning of his death, more than 140 parishioners from around Townsville diocese gathered ... Read More »

Eternal rest for faithful Bishop

Bishop Michael Putney

BISHOP Michael Putney of Townsville Diocese died early this morning after his lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67, and entered his 13th year as Bishop of Townsville yesterday. The Townsville Diocese posted the news on their Facebook page this morning. “It is with sadness that we announce that Bishop Michael Putney AM DD died peacefully in the early hours ... Read More »

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