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Drug dealer turns life around

Former drug dealer changes life

KRISTIAN Rimene left a notorious life as a drug dealer to become a regular volunteer for one of Brisbane’s drop-in centres for the city’s vulnerable. Mr Rimene, a former security guard from Christchurch, New Zealand, moved to New South Wales in 2000, working for some of the Sydney’s most “influential people” in the clubbing scene. After moving to the Gold ... Read More »

Catholic teachers shine in Queensland

OUTSTANDING Queensland Teachers are set to be recognised at the 2015 Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Awards for their special contributions to their vocation, including two Catholics. The excellence awards cover four categories, Beginning to Teach, Teaching, Leadership Teaching and Learning, and Outstanding contribution, and ensures educators are acknowledged for their specific achievements. Paul Baker of St Teresa’s Catholic ... Read More »

Church’s language must change, not doctrine, Archbishop Coleridge says in interview

Synod bishops

BISHOPS meeting to discuss issues concerning families worldwide need to explore the “vast middle ground” between keeping faithful to Church doctrine or doing nothing, Archbishop Coleridge has said in an interview with National Catholic Reporter. As one of two Australian bishops at the synod, Archbishop Coleridge spent 45 minutes with an NCR journalist to discuss his comparisons between the synod on ... Read More »

Brisbane parishes primed to welcome Syrian refugees

Brisbane refugees

THE minute former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would accept extra refugees from Syria, Catholic bishops, priests, parishes and individuals started raising their hands to say “We’ll help”. Archbishop Mark Coleridge was among the first, on behalf of the people of Brisbane archdiocese. By the time Archbishop Coleridge announced last weekend the archdiocese would aim to welcome at least ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese to care for 100 Syrian refugee families

Syrians in danger

By Michael Crutcher  BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge says “the Gospel of Jesus Christ demands” that the archdiocese resettles at least 100 refugee families devastated by fighting in Syria. Archbishop Coleridge last week issued a letter to the archdiocese outlining his hope that Brisbane could join the national effort to resettle 12,000 refugees “I want to galvanise all the resources of ... Read More »

Brisbane shows face of Australian Church is changing

Cultures unite in cathedral

By Peter Bugden “THE face of the Bride of Christ – the Church – is changing around the world, and by the day”, and Brisbane archdiocese is experiencing it, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Archbishop Coleridge, speaking at the archdiocese’s annual Multicultural Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday, said the change was happening as “we stand at a moment in ... Read More »

Considering vocations

Huge crowds at youth and vocations expo

YOUNG Catholics hitting a wall with their life vocation fired questions at priests and nuns outside St Stephen’s Cathedral last week. More than 200 young people wandered through the Youth and Vocations Expo, run by St Stephen’s Young Adult Ministry and Vocation Brisbane on Sunday, August 2. The annual event marked the beginning of National Vocations Week, held this year ... Read More »

Hope for the suffering

MINISTERING Holy Communion to her dying relative led Camp Hill parishioner Mary Thomas to offer hope to people with chronic pain at Brisbane’s St Vincent’s Private Hospital. The St Vincent’s Brisbane Pain Management Service programs co-ordinator first noticed the hospital’s dedicated care for patients after ministering to her cousin. “My cousin was dying of breast cancer here and I was ... Read More »

Big step in the right direction

By Michael Crutcher MONICA Applewhite was removing her shoes at an airport security station when she had a thought about changing community attitudes towards sexual abuse. “Twenty years ago, no one was walking with bare feet through an airport,” Dr Applewhite, an expert in abuse prevention and response, told a gathering in Brisbane recently. “Now, we all accept it. That’s ... Read More »

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