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By Paul Dobbyn YOUNG people in detention often spoke of being raised on “a diet of hate” when Brisbane priest Fr Wally Dethlefs visited them on his rounds as chaplain. “They would say things such as all they’d ever seen in their homes was anger, violence and hatred,” the priest, who last year received an Australia Day award for his ... Read More »

Home for foreigners

Home for foreigners

By Emilie Ng BEENLEIGH parishioners Therese Flynn-Clarke, Monica Boucek and Marleine Azar once considered themselves foreigners in their local Catholic community. But on the cusp of the parish’s 60th anniversary, these three women now call St Patrick’s nothing but home. Their first encounters and the stories of many Beenleigh Catholic parishioners will be published in a memorial book in time ... Read More »

St Mary’s rises from the ashes

St Mary’s rises from the ashes

IN what was an ironic twist, heavy rain could not dampen the enthusiasm of guests at the blessing and opening of facilities replacing others destroyed by a fire at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Beaudesert, in 2013. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge concelebrated Mass on February 20 with St Mary’s parish priest Fr Michael McKeaten and Fr John Echewodo before blessing ... Read More »

Church brings healing to life

Church brings healing to life

By Emilie Ng HYPNOTHERAPY was no match for the healing power Kelli Buhse received from sitting in the pews of a Catholic church less than two years ago. Mrs Buhse said the Church provided her answers to deal with post-natal depression and a range of other family issues. “I’ve had post-natal depression since I had my daughter, and she’s turning ... Read More »

New nuncio ‘big lift’ for Filipinos

New nuncio ‘big lift’ for Filipinos

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE Filipinos were proud to learn that Australia’s newly appointed papal nuncio hailed from their motherland. Philippines-born priest Fr Marce Singson was “so happy” to hear fellow Filipino Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana was appointed Australia’s papal nuncio. Despite knowing little about the new nuncio, Fr Singson said the recent appointment of Naga City-born Archbishop Yllana as Australia’s representative ... Read More »

Busking for Queensland kids

Busking for Queensland kids

By Emilie Ng FOUR Catholic schoolgirls hit all the right notes when they gave their Christmas busking money to the founders of Queensland’s only children’s hospice – Hummingbird House. Sisters Olivia and Ruby Fox, and twins Stephanie and Rachel Anderson, who together perform as Sorella String Quartet, raised $900 for the palliative care facility by busking at Brisbane’s Queen Street ... Read More »

Dalai Lama to visit St Stephen’s Cathedral for a multi-faith event

Dalai Lama to visit St Stephen’s Cathedral for a multi-faith event

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has extended a “glad welcome” to the Dalai Lama who will take part in a multi-faith event in St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 11. “From his early life, the Dalai Lama has been a controversial figure caught up in the drama of Tibet, especially in its relations with China,” the Archbishop said. “Inevitably he has been ... Read More »

Spinning hope up north

Spinning hope up north

By Isaac Murphy CLEANLINESS and care help has arrived for the homeless people of Cairns. Mobile service Orange Sky Laundry has recently expanded after having assisted hundreds of Brisbane homeless improve hygiene with its mobile laundry vans. Founders Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi launched the project in October last year and it’s already spun up success. While the program has ... Read More »

Special crucifix dedicated in memoriam to diocese’s priests

Special crucifix dedicated in memoriam to diocese’s priests

VISITORS to Marian Valley, in the Gold Coast hinterland, are relishing the opportunity to pray for the priests of Brisbane archdiocese at the foot of a crucifix dedicated especially for that intention. Brisbane woman Heather Joseph has offered the 3.3m wooden crucifix to the care of the Marian Valley Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians, where the Pauline Fathers ... Read More »

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