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‘We’re just trying to help people meet Jesus’: Why young Catholics flock to Ignite Conference

‘We’re just trying to help people meet Jesus’: Why young Catholics flock to Ignite Conference

THEY gathered, foot-stomping and singing, their thurible reimagined as a smoke-machine, with untamed school-holiday haircuts and fluoro wrist-bands; and they radiated a festival fervour suggesting Jagger or Bowie was up next – this was Ignite Conference 2019.  More than 1500 young people from across Queensland and New South Wales gathered for four days of sacraments, music and workshops at Mueller ... Read More »

PM Scott Morrison names Vinnies among administrators of new drought support program

PM Scott Morrison names Vinnies among administrators of new drought support program

THE St Vincent De Paul Society is playing a big part in new drought-support programs – that will allow rural families to access financial counselling, and pay for groceries and power bills as they fight one of the worst droughts on record. Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Dalby on Queensland’s Western Downs on September 27 and named the St Vincent ... Read More »

New Payments Integrity Bill ‘designed to make things even tougher’

New Payments Integrity Bill ‘designed to make things even tougher’

NEWSTART and other essential payments will be temporarily withheld from those with “modest savings” under the newly proposed Payments Integrity Bill put forward by the Federal Government. The bill is a revival of failed 2017 legislation. The aim of the legislation is to reduce the frequency of people seeking social services support if they have “modest savings” to draw from. ... Read More »

‘I now believe’: The Catholic Church is winning over young people through Ignite Conference

‘I now believe’: The Catholic Church is winning over young people through Ignite Conference

RENEWAL was the hope and lived experience of an estimated 1500 people of all ages from September 26-29 at the New Again-themed Ignite Youth Conference in Brisbane archdiocese. Inspired by the Book of Revelations scripture of, “Behold, I am making all things new” (21:5), Ignite Youth, an arm of Emmanuel Community, provided the platform for four dynamic days of sacraments, ... Read More »

Former Iona College rector Fr Peter Daly dies in Perth

Former Iona College rector Fr Peter Daly dies in Perth

THE first Old Boy rector of Brisbane’s Iona College, Fr Peter Daly will be remembered as a man of giving who made a significant and lasting contribution to Oblate education. “His legacy does not just lie in these changes but in the wisdom he demonstrated, and his compassion and understanding of humanity,” Iona College rector Fr Michael Twigg said.    ... Read More »

Professor Simon Jackman talks religion and politics in company of Catholic professionals

Professor Simon Jackman talks religion and politics in company of Catholic professionals

NON-believers in Australia make up about 43 per cent of the population, according to a survey reported by Professor Simon Jackman at the Assembly of Catholic Professionals at Brisbane’s Hilton Hotel on September 19. As this group is growing and in a country with mandatory voting, it brings political consequences. Mr Jackman, who is the United States Studies Centre chief ... Read More »

Vinnies has served the poor in Queensland for 125 years. Here are their top volunteers

Vinnies has served the poor in Queensland for 125 years. Here are their top volunteers

THE St Vincent de Paul Society recognised five long-serving Vincentians for their valued contributions at local, state, national and international level at a dinner commemorating 125 years of the organisation in Queensland. The award winners were John Forrest, Jeremiah McAuliffe, Robert Leach, Ron Sullivan and posthumously Brian Moore, who had all been members of the society ranging from 28 to ... Read More »

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