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New shepherd already listening to Townsville’s pastoral needs

TOWNSVILLE’S sixth bishop was sitting in his presbytery kitchen when he learnt his predecessor had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Over the kitchen table at the Clear Island Waters church presbytery in 2012, Bishop Michael Putney told the parish priest and one of his former students in the seminary Fr Tim Harris that he was dying of cancer. “I ... Read More »

Townsville Diocese thrilled with new shepherd

  AFTER nearly three years of waiting, the announcement of a new bishop has been warmly greeted across the vast Townsville Diocese. “We’re getting text messages and emails of excitement from all over the diocese,” Diocesan chancellor Len Horner, who over the last 35 years, has worked alongside Townsville’s past three bishops, said. “And I think we are very happy ... Read More »

Seminary turns 75: Former seminarians return to their alma mater for anniversary celebrations

Fr Anthony Mellor as a seminarian

ON November 3, the bishops and priests of Queensland went to Banyo to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary. Many priests, spanning several generations, some now retired, recalled fond memories of their years of formation at the seminary. Mass was celebrated in the former seminary chapel at the Australian Catholic University campus now called Holy Spirit Chapel. ... Read More »

Wagga priest originally from Brisbane honours his bishop

Bishop Gerard Hanna

WAGGA Wagga priest Fr Mark Whybrow has honoured his former bishop as a man with a sincere and generous commitment to live the Gospel selflessly through priestly celibacy. The diocesan priest who is originally from Brisbane said the majority of his priestly training was under the guidance of Bishop Gerard Hanna who officially resigned on Monday. Fr Whybrow entered Vianney College, the seminary for the ... Read More »

Thanking Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo: ‘I am praying for Jesus to bless you’

Bishop-elect Anthony Randazzo

AN initial reaction to the blessed news of Monsignor Tony Randazzo’s appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney was, “Of course… naturally.”  The decision seemed overwhelmingly ordained.  Memories of visiting Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary, Banyo, for various sacred events and interviews soon came to mind.  One such time was when a lengthy story about Bishop-elect Randazzo, then rector, was proposed.  He ... Read More »

Clergy relish trip down memory lane on jubilees

jubilarians

RETIRED priest Fr Bernie Costigan was 25 when he walked through St Stephen’s Cathedral to become a changed man. The year was 1966, and Fr Costigan was to take his first step on the long walk down the centre aisle to enter the priesthood. “Well, it was all very exciting in a way, and very humbling,” he said. Fifty years ... Read More »

Appointment as auxiliary Bishop “inspirational” for Msgr Anthony Randazzo

Monsignor Anthony Randazzo

FORMER Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary rector Monsignor Anthony Randazzo said it was “inspirational” to be named one of two new auxiliary bishops for Sydney archdiocese. Msgr Randazzo, 49, had just finished celebrating Mass in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral when he received a phone call from apostolic nuncio Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana. “I was overwhelmed. But I told him I was available,” ... Read More »

Bishops condemn exposing children to pornography

Bishop Peter Commensoli

AUSTRALIA’S Catholic bishops have called pornography exposure among children “a form of abuse” in a submission published by a Senate inquiry last week.The Bishops’ Commission for Family, Youth and Life of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference made a submission to a Senate inquiry into the harm done to children through online pornography.The submission said children “have a right to be ... Read More »

A bishop for the people

Bishop Raymond Benjamin

BISHOP Raymond Benjamin, Townsville’s fourth Bishop, was laid to rest in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Townsville on March 17. The cathedral congregation joined Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Townsville diocesan administrator Fr Mick Lowcock and many other bishops and priests to farewell Bishop Benjamin, 91, who died earlier this month. Fr Orm Rush, on behalf of the priests of the ... Read More »

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