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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 »

What Jean Madden is creating could end homelessness

Swags with walls

LIVING on the streets could be a thing of the past if Brisbane entrepreneur Jean Madden’s new cabin project takes off. Ms Madden has launched the “swags with walls” business to shelter the homeless, with a vision to provide life-skills training and potential to create hundreds of jobs. The founder of the not-for-profit Street Swags has set up a factory ... Read More »

Aussie heroes name new van after Catholic schools

Orange Sky Laundry's new van

THE operators of Australia’s growing fleet of orange laundry vans have welcomed a new addition purchased with donations from Brisbane Catholic schools. About 95 Catholic schools in Brisbane raised $81,064 to help founders of Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless set up a new van.  Initiated by the Brisbane Archdiocesan Catholic Primary Principals’ Association, schools sold sweet and savoury treats, ... Read More »

New chapter for Nathan

New chapter for Nathan

NATHAN Curby is closer to ending an eight-month nightmare on the streets after receiving a free makeover from Brisbane community members last week. Local charity founder and Catholic award recipient Grant Richards, who was homeless for 18 months, offered to take Mr Curby to a local salon for a haircut and shave after finding out his mother died of a heart attack ... Read More »

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