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Uncovering the parish priest who changed the tastebuds of Stanthorpe

WHEN Ian Bonaccorso began researching the life and pastoral legacy of the first parish priest of Stanthorpe from its foundation in 1874, he reconnected not only with his familial roots but also credited the Holy Spirit as the “driving force” behind the project. “Stanthorpe’s very dear to me,” Ian, who was baptised Ignatius, said of the parish, now in Toowoomba ... Read More »

Rochedale parish extends Jesus Christ’s love to their neighbouring religious communities

ROCHEDALE parish is working on the assumption that God’s love shouldn’t be hidden inside the church.  For the past few months, the parish has welcomed Muslims and Anglicans through their solid timber-and-brick church, following the footsteps of the great missionary St Francis Xavier.   The connection with the Muslim community grew out of one of the worst tragedies of 2019. ... Read More »

Rosies boss Deacon Andrew O’Brien taking on a new role with Brisbane archbishop

BRISBANE’S homeless will have to live with seeing Deacon Andrew O’Brien less on the streets as he takes up a new role to support Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s office. The former Queensland general manager for Rosies, a ministry established by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate to bring friendship to the homeless, is the new director of the Archbishop of Brisbane’s office. ... Read More »

Whether in Ireland or Brisbane, Fr Joe Flannery was all for God

BRISBANE received more than toys and candy canes for Christmas 1956; Irish-born Fr Joseph Francis Vianney Flannery arrived on Christmas Eve as a young priest in a foreign land and was sent straight to St Stephen’s Cathedral. He spent his first day in Brisbane’s summer heat in the confessional, and served at the cathedral all day until midnight Mass. This ... Read More »

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