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Youth Feature: National conference to draw more young to Jesus

Ignite Conference

SPONSORED BY IGNITE YOUTH for IGNITE CONFERENCE   IGNITE Conference is a national Catholic youth conference held in Brisbane.  It’s about encountering Jesus Christ and the Church, experiencing dynamic faith, being equipped for living the Christian life, and being empowered to impact the Church and the world. Every year Ignite Conference draws more than 1300 adults, students, kids, ministry leaders, ... Read More »

Youth Feature: Annual Powerhouse of Leaders learn true meaning of mercy

Powerhouse of Leaders

SPONSORED BY BRISBANE CATHOLIC EDUCATION    LAUGHTER, joy and a few tears filled the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm when more than 400 student leaders came together for an inspirational day of spiritual formation and leadership. The student leaders from Brisbane Catholic Education and religious institute schools across Brisbane archdiocese gathered at the annual Powerhouse of Leaders to hear an ... Read More »

Chaplains – A friendly face in the darkest of hours

Fr Bob Harwood

FR Bob Harwood answered a knock on the door in Dysart. A dying miner was looking for a priest, knowing the cancer tormenting his body would soon claim his life. He wanted to die in his central Queensland home town and he wanted someone to walk the final weeks with him. He had no family and no close friends. So ... Read More »

Century-old parish surrounded by holy neighbours above and below the ground

Papal blessing

NEIGHBOURS don’t get any more Catholic than in the Banyo Nundah parish. Built in the first free settlement in the penal colony of Brisbane, the now 100-year-old parish has acquired some of the holiest of neighbours both above and below the ground. Parish priest Fr Bernie Gallagher drew up this list of “intellectual properties” for a brief address at the ... Read More »

STEM bears winning fruit

STEM

  THE best and brightest minds from St Mary’s College, Maryborough, came up trumps at this year’s Hervey Bay PCYC annual Science and Engineering Challenge.  The Year 9 and 10 students, with basic engineering instruction from teachers Anne Elmer and Sue McMillan, used their exceptional problem-solving and creative skills to design structures, solve problems and create visions. Over the course ... Read More »

Donna Lynch: Called to the airwaves

Donna Lynch

DONNA Lynch always wanted to work in radio, although growing up in the Snowy Mountains she could not have imagined where her passion and trailblazing spirit would lead her. “As a girl I would talk into the garden hose, pretending it was a microphone,” she said with a grin. “My school reports would always say ‘Donna talks too much in ... Read More »

The Slum-dwelling Sister changing the lives of illiterate children

Sr Vangie Dunton

SISTER Evangeline “Vangie” Dunton lives amidst the slums of Cambodia, providing for the poorest and most vulnerable, especially children. It has become a life mission for this member of the Daughters of Mercy who is visiting Queensland to thank parishioners for their generous support through Catholic Mission, and to spread the word about her work. Sr Dunton’s story of reaching out and giving ... Read More »

Mentally ill need Mass, prayer, says chaplain

PEOPLE with mental illness need spiritual care more than a handout, Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care chaplain Fr Jim Smith says. Fr Smith has been the chaplain for CPPC, a ministry dedicated to the mentally ill including people with schizophrenia, since 1987. In those 29 years, Fr Smith has come to realise that people with a mental disorder need pastoral care ... Read More »

Catholic Collective takes ‘risk’ in evangelising young people

Diocesan youth office

TERESA McGrath and Zach Woodward, from Brisbane archdiocese’s Youth Evangelisation Office, are familiar faces, but they asked not to have their photo taken for this story. The seemingly odd request was not out of a phobia, but at the core of their new offering, the Catholic Collective. Launched at the Powerhouse of Leaders on May 9, the Catholic Collective is a platform ... Read More »

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