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Nigerian priest details his honest experiences of Brisbane parishes in first memoir

Fr Emmanuel Aguiyi

A NIGERIAN Catholic priest in Brisbane has written a heartfelt book about his experiences working in a suburban Australian church, including dealing with culture shock and bridging cultural barriers. “At times, having a foreign priest is a source of tension for some parishioners who have not done much with people from other countries, particularly Africa,” Fr Emmanuel Aguiyi, who is ... Read More »

Catholic architect Sidney Rofe strives for ‘a transcendental experience’ in his designs

Sidney Rofe and family

“CONNECTION” is an ideal architect Sidney Rofe aims for professionally and personally. His mother Mary Rofe, however, remembers “a very quiet boy” who largely preferred his own company. Born in Maryborough, the eldest of eight, Sidney “was happiest with blocks … paper and something to draw with”, she said. The family lived in Townsville and later, Rockhampton, immersed and well ... Read More »

New project to challenge Catholics to reduce carbon footprint, care more for environment

Peter Arndt

A PROJECT aimed at healing, protecting and caring for our common home is to be introduced in parishes and Catholic agencies across Brisbane archdiocese. Called Living Laudato Si’, the project will draw on Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical – Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home – and will challenge Catholics to make practical changes to the environment around them. ... Read More »

Advanced cancer patients to volunteer for new medicinal cannabis oil trial at Brisbane’s Mater Research

Mater Research Care Centre staff

QUEENSLAND researchers will soon start a major clinical trial to find out the benefits of medicinal cannabis for cancer patients receiving palliative care. “We are delighted to be one of nineteen research projects funded in this round right across Australia,” team leader from Mater Research in Brisbane Professor Janet Hardy said. Medicinal cannabis is now legal in Queensland, yet Professor ... Read More »

Baby’s ‘miracle’ healing leads mother to the Church

Jazz Yi Li, Joseph Hoang and Mark Yi Hoang

GOLD Coast mother Jazz Yue Yi Li never thought God was real until she saw her newborn son nearly die in hospital. Ms Yi Li gave birth to her son Mark Yi Hoang on April 6 last year but after being discharged was rushed to the hospital “with a life-threatening situation”. Mark had contracted the dangerous Group B Streptococcal infection, ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast multi-millionaire Catholic has Biblical approach to donating his money

Roy and Nola Thompson

MAROOCHYDORE parishioner Roy Thompson agrees with Jesus’ warning not to store his treasures on earth, which is why he’s donated millions of dollars on the Sunshine Coast. The property developer and former publican is a multi-millionaire philanthropist who has given generously to improve life for residents on the Coast. To the University of the Sunshine Coast alone, the generous Catholic ... Read More »

Australian Bishops defend religious freedom as ‘fundamental human right’

fight for religious freedom

THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for Australian laws to be updated to recognise religious freedom. “Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right,” the bishops said in a submission to the Federal Government’s Religious Freedom Review. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commissioned the review following last year’s “yes” vote on same-sex marriage, with hearings conducted by a five-member expert ... Read More »

Young Townsville man answers call to serve North Queensland

William Brennan with parents Paul and Monica

YOUNG Townsville man William Brennan has entered the priesthood at a time when the Catholic Church and priests are under more scrutiny than ever. Mr Brennan entered Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo recently to begin his formation to become a priest for Townsville diocese. The young seminarian, who spent most of his childhood in Charters Towers, said he was almost ... Read More »

Young people’s education top priority for Queensland Catholics

Beryl Neilsen

CATTLE property owner Beryl Neilsen has made it her life’s purpose to give young people living in remote areas of Queensland a quality education. The Catholic woman originally from the West Mackay parish is the founder of the Winchester Foundation, which offers scholarships to young people in rural Queensland. The foundation is named after Winchester Downs, a cattle property near ... Read More »

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