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International Women’s Day celebrated in style

International Women’s Day celebrated in style

WOMEN who “Make it Happen” were honoured at celebrations to mark International Women’s Day in Brisbane archdiocese’s community of schools. IWD celebrates the global economic, political and social developments of women past, present and future, and for the past four years, St Francis College, Crestmead, has used the occasion to bring mothers, grandmothers, aunts and girls in Years 10-12 together. ... Read More »

Saving lives

Saving lives

By Emilie Ng PARENTS cuddled their young when Victorian MP Bernie Finn said at Brisbane’s Rally for Life that it was “a national disgrace” that 100,000 babies are killed each year. Mr Finn was one of four speakers calling for an end to abortions at the annual pro-life event held at Queens Park on Saturday, March 7. More than 200 ... Read More »

Keeping faith in the Pine Mountain family

Keeping faith in the Pine Mountain family

By Emilie Ng PINE Mountain Catholic worshippers know the secret to keeping a Church community alive for 150 years. Their secret is also the advice Irish Servant of God Fr Patrick Peyton gave when he famously said, “A family that prays together, stays together”. This Church family are uniquely connected, as all are related either by blood or marriage, and connected ... Read More »

Fr Ekpo’s theological insights grab US attention

Fr Ekpo’s theological insights grab US attention

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE priest Fr Anthony Ekpo, who describes himself as “a bit of a book worm”, is excited about having one of his most recent articles accepted by Theological Studies¸ a prestigious international theological journal. Fr Ekpo, a priest from the Umuahia diocese in Nigeria who is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s pastoral assistant in Brisbane Archdiocese, said having his article ... Read More »

Nerang unveils new statue of patron saint

Nerang unveils new statue of patron saint

By Isaac Murphy ST Brigid’s parish, Nerang, has unveiled a new statue to honour its parish patron. The initiative was arranged by parish priest Fr Rafal Rucinski, who’s been with the community for four years. The idea was formulated when church-goers mingled after Mass on February 1, a day set aside to honour the saint. It was through talking to members ... Read More »

School’s ‘heartbeat’ revived

School’s ‘heartbeat’ revived

By Emilie Ng ST Joseph’s Primary School, Kangaroo Point students and staff are thrilled about the revival of the “heartbeat” of their community. After a near three-month closure following last November’s destructive hail storm, St Joseph’s Church reopened for Sunday Masses on February 15. The renewed church was recarpeted, fitted with new marble high altars and lecterns, while the new stained-glass ... Read More »

40 years of faith and love

40 years of faith and love

By Isaac Murphy THERE have been ups, downs, joys and sorrows, but through it all Brisbane’s Emmanuel Community has stayed strong as a family. Last Sunday it celebrated its 40th anniversary in St Mary Magdalene Church, Bardon, the same parish where the mission was born. The covenant community was born from the vision of Brian Smith, leader of The Catholic ... Read More »

Honour humbles Gabriel

Honour humbles Gabriel

By Paul Dobbyn WHEN Gabriel Ukuno looks at the award he won as New Australian of the Year he sees more than just his own name on the cup. “I think also of the names of all the people who helped me when I arrived as a Sudanese refugee in Brisbane in 1998,” the community liaison officer at Yeronga State ... Read More »

Exciting year for new ACU student leaders

Exciting year for new ACU student leaders

BRISBANE Auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan drew on the day’s scripture readings as a source of wisdom and guidance at the induction of this year’s Australian Catholic University student leaders on Banyo campus. “Jesus says those who want to be His special friends must be ready to drink from a chalice which will entail a good deal of difficulty and suffering,” ... Read More »

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