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Former homeless man honoured by Brisbane city

Grant Richards

BRISBANE city’s mayor honoured Catholic community awards recipient and former homeless man Grant Richards on Australia Day. Mr Richards received one of 15 honours from Lord Mayor Graham Quirk for his work with the city’s homeless. Known as “Grant – The Polite Guy”, Mr Richards began working with the city’s suffering when he lost his home and family for 18 ... Read More »

Bishop Brian Finnigan reaches retirement

Bishop Brian V Finnigan

BISHOP Brian Finnigan will begin the new year in retirement from his episcopal ministry after Pope Francis officially accepted his resignation yesterday.   The Holy Father accepted the resignation of Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Brian Vincent Finnigan, aged 77, on December 30, 2015, two years after he had presented it to Pope Francis. Diocesan bishops are canonically requested to present their resignation to the ... Read More »

Brisbane offers invitation to joy

Brisbane's Holy Door

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge opened Brisbane’s Holy Door for the Year of Mercy last week with an invitation to seize the joy of God’s merciful love. Hundreds gathered at St Stephen’s Cathedral for the opening of the Holy Door on the third Sunday in Advent, Gaudete Sunday, which means “rejoice” in Latin and traditionally centres Catholics on the joy of Christ’s ... Read More »

Support rolls in for new venture feeding and training homeless

Homeless venture

VOLUNTEERS are responding whole-heartedly to a new partnership that will give Brisbane’s homeless free food and employment training as early as January. Several people have been in contact with The Catholic Leader after reading last week’s front-page story on former homeless man Grant Richards and food factory manager Winston Cheng, who are planning a new charitable venture next year. The ... Read More »

ACU offers hand of support in Iraq in time for Year of Mercy

Archbishop Bashar Warda

AUSTRALIANS played a significant role in the establishment of Iraq’s first Catholic university which was opened on Tuesday (December 8), the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, who sought support from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Australian Catholic University for the institution, opened the Catholic University in Erbil (CUE) which has about ... Read More »

Catholic awards winner inspires partnership giving free food to city’s homeless

Winston Cheng and Grant Richards

FOOD manufacturing manager Winston Cheng has turned his loose change into a charitable venture giving Queensland’s homeless a free feed and domestic training “through to eternity”. The owner of food production factory Ivory Kitchen will launch a new line of ready-to-eat meals for supermarket chain IGA next year and, on the side, will give homeless people the same food for ... Read More »

Catholic teacher called to improve lives of indigenous youth

Teacher Majella Ritchie with two indigenous students

MAJELLA Ritchie knew nothing about Australian indigenous culture when she left university two years ago, but in two months she’ll be responsible for a handful of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The teacher at St Flannan’s primary school, Zillmere, is headed to Innisfail in January to greet 90 indigenous children at Radiant Life College, a Christian school giving ... Read More »

Why Greg Shakovskoy left Perth to seek God in Brisbane

Greg Shakovskoy

IF the Shakovskoys were around in Jesus’ time they may have had half the seats at the Last Supper. When Jesus was gathering his disciples with the call “Come, follow me”, he had Peter and Andrew from one family and James and John from another taking up the invitation, but the Shakovskoy family has responded in double the numbers. Thirty-eight ... Read More »

Nikki’s sharing the beauty and peace of the Cathedral

Nikki Limpin

NIKKI Limpin is a young woman on a mission.  It’s a mission to share her passion for life and faith to God with the others. The 25-year-old geology student at QUT Garden’s Point campus, Brisbane has fallen in love with the rich history and character that surrounds St Stephen’s Cathedral and is one of the youngest to put her hand ... Read More »

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