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Townsville Catholics to welcome new priest tonight

TOWNSVILLE Deacon Emene Kelemete will be ordained at Ignatius Park College on October 31. In the lead-up to the ordination, Deacon Kelemete said his family life played a significant role in his path to priesthood. His family was something that encouraged him “to recognise the love of Christ in my life”, he said in a video on Townsville diocese’s Facebook ... Read More »

West End parishioners outraged at council plan to remove car parks across from church

St Francis' Church West End

INNER-city Brisbane parishioners are outraged at a council proposal to limit access to their historic West End church and community hall in favour of cyclists. “It’s very unfair. It’s come out of nowhere. Everybody is aghast,” St Francis of Assisi Church parishioner Marian Bhasin said. Dozens of daily church attendees – many elderly and disabled – will be inconvenienced by ... Read More »

Queensland faith leaders form a united front against euthanasia for the common good

euthanasia

QUEENSLAND’S religious leaders’ strong and united stand against legalising euthanasia has been bolstered by a major Vatican declaration in support of dying patients. A letter signed by 16 faith leaders, including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, urges greater support for palliative care, and warned that voluntary assisted dying was “not dying well”.  “We believe that the Queensland Government should maintain the ... Read More »

How one experience at a nightclub brought Jonathan Hohl back to Christ

A NEW Year’s Eve in the nightclubs of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley was enough for Jonathan Hohl to do something the next day that would change his life. He went to Mass. It’s not something that he was used to doing but he felt compelled to go on that day, and he’s been going every Sunday since. That was three years ... Read More »

Former Queensland teacher takes final vows in Ganmain Dominican community

WHEN Jacqueline Ramsey got her first job as a teacher in 2008, she could have never imagined standing at the front of a classroom in a white habit. But that is exactly the life Sr Mary Dominica Ramsey has chosen with the Conventual Sisters of St Dominic in Ganmain. The former Queensland teacher from a family of nine professed her ... Read More »

Brisbane Frassati mustering up young men’s faith for 10 years

THE Frassati Fraternity in Australia, based in Brisbane’s Annerly Ekibin parish, has built a community of faithful Catholic men. For 10 years, it has reached out to guide young men under the patronage of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. The fraternity recently held its first muster since its formation in 2011; the muster was a time to come together, count their ... Read More »

Indigenous students from Brisbane Catholic schools farewell 12 years of education

IT was the end of 12 years of schooling, and Brisbane’s Catholic school Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were farewelled at a graduation liturgy at St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 11. Vashti Borthwick-Beetson, from St Columban’s College, Caboolture, offered a heartfelt student reflection on behalf of all graduates at the liturgy. She thanked everyone who had helped them achieve ... Read More »

Former solider says faith-based rehab program eased decades of anguish

A FORMER soldier who served in East Timor 20 years ago has told how a recent return to that country on a spirituality-inspired rehabilitation program has helped ease decades of suffering from trauma. “I feel like a weight has been lifted, and I can now look at things in a different way,” Townsville veteran Murray Sutherland said.  “A lot of ... Read More »

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