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Brisbane boy returns for new parish challenge

Brisbane boy returns for new parish challenge

By Emilie Ng CAPUCHIN Father Lam Vu left Brisbane to join the seminary 15 years ago but this week returned to take up the position as the new parish priest of St Mary’s South Brisbane and administrator of Dutton Park-West End. Fr Vu started his role last Wednesday, July 7. “This is my first time serving in Brisbane as a ... Read More »

Everywhere is mission territory

Everywhere is mission territory

  ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge ordained Fr Karl Emerick for the Dominicans, letting him know he was called to be a missionary priest. Archbishop Coleridge presided at the ordination in St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 4, the feast of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. It was a solemn and joyous occasion, with Fr Emerick surrounded by his extended family, fellow Dominicans, priests ... Read More »

Archbishop says councillors are to be missionaries, not ‘mere administrators’

Archbishop says councillors are to be missionaries, not ‘mere administrators’

By Emilie Ng  PARISH pastoral councils are more necessary than ever in the life of the Church but for more than mere administration, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said to council representatives from more than 60 parishes and 13 deaneries last weekend. Archbishop Coleridge presided at the councils’ annual Commissioning Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 6. The Mass commissions ... Read More »

Home truths

Home truths

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE’S Paul and Libby Blom are in some senses the typical modern family raising their four children while juggling all the demands of an increasingly frantic society. Yet, as members of the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council (ACMFC), an advisory body to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the couple are also required to stand above their ... Read More »

Excelling in education

Excelling in education

BRISBANE Catholic Education has recognised its most outstanding teachers at the inaugural Excellence in Teaching Awards gala on June 18. More than 30 finalists, from almost 200 nominations for the new awards that recognise excellence in learning and teaching, gathered at Victoria Park Golf Club to witness Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and BCE executive director Pam Betts congratulate the winners. ... Read More »

Bishop to unify diocese

Bishop to unify diocese

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIA’S newest bishop Columba Macbeth-Green was to have crossed two time zones and taken part in separate ceremonies in Parkes and Broken Hill on the way to assuming responsibility for the vast diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes Unusually, his episcopal ordination was to be in Parkes’ Holy Family Church on the morning of Thursday, July 3 with his installation in ... Read More »

Fr Columba’s heading home

Fr Columba’s heading home

By Paul Dobbyn EVEN when ordering his episcopal garments, Bishop-elect Columba Macbeth-Green was reminded of his police ministry spanning many years. As he explained, it happened through “sheer coincidence”. Just days away from his ordination as Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes due to take place last Thursday, July 3, south-east Queensland’s much-loved and respected police chaplain of eight years was delighted to ... Read More »

Prayer service moves hearts on asylum seekers

Prayer service moves hearts on asylum seekers

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge, in a message delivered in St Stephen’s Cathedral on World Refugee Day, said caring for people like refugees and asylum seekers is “the surest way to see the face and hear the voice of the real God”. More than 500 people gathered in the cathedral on June 20 for the prayer service titled ... Read More »

50 years of priestly life never dull

50 years of priestly life never dull

By Emilie Ng LIFE would have been radically different if Fr Leo Burke had chosen to be either an architect or an electrical engineer 50 years ago. The Victoria Point parish priest chose the priesthood over a professional career after meeting a number of “elderly priests” who were returning to his school at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. “It was Fr ... Read More »

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