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Jordan’s cuppa with ‘Cossie’

Homeless with Cossie

JORDAN Briggs thought the highlight of his Saturday night would be swigging down a hot coffee outside St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane. Mr Briggs, a New Zealand native, has been “on and off homeless” for the past five years. He has no income and a dried-up savings account, but offers to do housework in exchange for a roof over his ... Read More »

Catholic Education staff make every step count in fight against domestic violence

Darkness into Light walk

STAFF from Brisbane Catholic Education schools and offices were among hundreds who ran, jogged or walked from darkness into daylight to speak out against domestic violence. The Darkness to Daylight Challenge on May 4-5 was a unique experience that began in darkness with a few brave participants taking on a 110km run while others ran a 10km “together” challenge and ... Read More »

Glaswegian doctor behind bionic heart inspires Catholic professionals

Dr John Fraser

BRISBANE-based Professor John Fraser has published more than 200 academic papers and his medical research includes multi-million dollar projects including the development of a ground-breaking bionic heart. Some of his research ideas and collaborations across Asia and North America are pushing the boundaries of medical science with the promise of saving countless lives. His medical work has also taken him on many humanitarian ... Read More »

Why Brisbane’s Lord Mayor is planning to sleep under the Story Bridge in June

Sleepout in Brisbane

LORD Mayor Graham Quirk’s first orders as the returning leader for Brisbane city included a call for all bosses to sleep under the Story Bridge in June. Mr Quirk will “fight homelessness in his sleep” under the iconic bridge for the St Vincent de Paul Society’s annual homelessness fundraiser, CEO Sleepout, on June 23. The newly sworn-in Lord Mayor invited ... Read More »

Missing baptismal font returns to bless Cathedral

Baptismal font returns

WHEN Leanne Adams began working at the residence of Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, she never expected to find the original baptismal font for St Stephen’s Cathedral. The Wynberg house manager started her job in 2012, the same year she stumbled upon the forgotten marble basin, which she said was buried “with lawnmowers”. “For whatever reason it came to Wynberg and ... Read More »

We head for Poland as pilgrims, not tourists

World Youth Day

TWO million pilgrims are set to pass through Poland’s city of churches with one mantra – not to be labelled tourists.   Among the millions, there will be 26 young people from Brisbane walking through Krakow in July, proudly wearing the badge of pilgrims.  For the first time in World Youth Day history, the number of pilgrims will out-number the ... Read More »

Partnership between Brisbane and Nigeria growing in strength

International partnership

NIGERIAN Bishop Lucius Ugorji made his fifth pastoral visit to the Brisbane archdiocese to meet with his priests working here earlier this month.  Bishop Ugorji, from the Umuahia diocese in Nigeria, visited Brisbane to renew a commitment to send priests from his region to Australia. There are now 16 of his priests in Brisbane since signing a partnership commitment in ... Read More »

Sisters are simply living the Josephite life

Josephite Sisters

A SEARCH of Mary MacKillop on the Internet today highlights just how far the saint’s influence has spread. Dioceses have her as their patron, schools and child care centres and ministries carry her name, and the work of the sisters extends across the globe. And yet, with an average age of 78 many Catholics may question “What is the future ... Read More »

South Sudanese priest finds peace in Brisbane

Fr Stephen Kumyangi

  BRISBANE’S newest African priest is relieved to know his new Catholic home won’t be fleeing from any deadly conflict in the near future. South Sudanese priest Fr Stephen Kumyangi was among a group of 2000 Catholics from the Maridi parish who were forced to run from tribal communities targeting community leaders last year. “Right before I started to come here, ... Read More »

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