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Aged care residents receive visits for Year of Mercy

Year of Mercy visits

RESIDENTS at Regis Aged Care, Salisbury, are experiencing the spirit of the Year of Mercy thanks to visits from Year 5 and 6 students from St Pius X Catholic Primary School. Assistant principal for religious education Kelly Short said the students were developing a hands-on understanding of how to provide Christian service for their local community. “By putting social justice ... Read More »

Indigenous Australians say Closing the Gap “doomed to fail”

Sam Watson

BRISBANE indigenous community elder Sam Watson has lamented the number of Aboriginal children being taken from their families and locked up. “In 2016 it is the next generation of the stolen generation,” he said, while attending a park event in West End marking 10 years since Closing the Gap was launched to address indigenous disadvantage. “Some areas of disadvantage are ... Read More »

MS sufferer Fiona Ward prepares for emotional journey to walk again

Fiona Ward

BUNDABERG mum Fiona Ward is hopefully five weeks away from walking without a cane or using a wheelchair for the first time in a year. The mother of three and parishioner at Holy Rosary Church, Bundaberg, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago. Her health has declined dramatically in the past year, leaving the former police officer wheelchair-bound and in ... Read More »

Abbott to give public lecture for scholarship commemorating former headmaster

Memorial lecture

FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott will help launch a memorial scholarship that pays tribute to his Sydney school headmaster, the late Jesuit Father Gregory Jordan. Mr Abbott will address the inaugural Fr Gregory Jordan SJ Memorial Scholarship at a public lecture on April 29 in Brisbane. A spokesperson for Mr Abbott said the former prime minister looked forward to delivering ... Read More »

Brisbane communities ready to give jobs to incoming Syrian refugees

Syrians to have jobs in Brisbane

MORE than one hundred businesses and organisations have signed up to provide job opportunities for Syrian refugees expected to arrive in Brisbane in coming months. Last November, the Queensland Government pledged to take 3500 refugees as part of an Australia-wide intake of 12,000. In response, Multicultural Development Association, the independent, non-government settlement organization, launched a Queensland-wide campaign to find 500 work-experience ... 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 »

‘Joseph’ was a sign for this Brisbane Josephite Sister

Sr Annette Arnold

FOR a young Annette Arnold growing up in Rockhampton in central Queensland, the name “Joseph” was to be key in the unfolding of her life. The eighth in a family of 10 children, she grew up in the cathedral parish of St Joseph. “The significance of that has not been lost on me – my grandfather was Joseph, my father James Joseph and ... Read More »

A bishop for the people

Bishop Raymond Benjamin

BISHOP Raymond Benjamin, Townsville’s fourth Bishop, was laid to rest in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Townsville on March 17. The cathedral congregation joined Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Townsville diocesan administrator Fr Mick Lowcock and many other bishops and priests to farewell Bishop Benjamin, 91, who died earlier this month. Fr Orm Rush, on behalf of the priests of the ... Read More »

History preserved as Lismore cathedral revived

Lismore Cathedral

ST Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, has been restored, enhancing it as a spiritual sanctuary. Lismore Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett celebrated the re-opening and rededication at a Mass on February 22, with apostolic nuncio Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana in attendance. Bishop Jarrett said the rejuvenation of the cathedral was the culmination of a five-year plan to give the historic structure a makeover. “The ... Read More »

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