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Robyn’s baton relay leg dedicated to 1200 volunteers of street charity Rosies

Robyn Hunt

WHEN Surfers Paradise parishioner and community worker Robyn Hunt held the Queen’s baton aloft on one of the final stretches into the Gold Coast, she did it for the charity she loves. “I carried the torch for the 1200 volunteers who work for Rosies,” Mrs Hunt said, reminiscing on the great Commonwealth Games moment, as she attended Mass as sacristan ... Read More »

Divine Mercy Sunday: A love story in Rome

Divine Mercy Sunday in Rome

Brisbane Catholic woman and teacher Ora Duffley shares what it’s like to be in St Peter’s Square with thousands of pilgrims from around the world for the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass with Pope Francis. The Mass was celebrated in Rome overnight.    A GLORIOUS morning dawned in Vatican City on April 8, the kind when one could not be anything ... Read More »

Risen Christ calls new Catholics into Brisbane family at Easter

St Mary's new Catholics

NEW Catholics were radiant with joy across Brisbane archdiocese as more than 100 people entered the Church this Easter. At St Mary’s, South Brisbane, parish priest Capuchin Father Lam Vu baptised eight adults and received a further four into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. Another adult was also confirmed at the Easter Vigil. Fr Vu ... Read More »

Pope Francis authorises Australia’s Plenary Council in 2020

POPE Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold its first plenary council – the most significant national church gathering  – in more than 80 years. “The Australian bishops are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for affirming the decision and we ask all people to join in prayer as we embark on this journey together ... Read More »

Australian youth ministers hear results of national youth survey at research seminar in Brisbane

Trudy Dantis

YOUNG people living in Australia have positive experiences of the Church in youth groups, festivals, Mass or liturgies, and outreach, but still feel dismissed for being “too young” or “too Catholic”, according to findings from a national youth survey. Youth ministers from across Australia at a two-day research seminar in Brisbane last week heard the results of the national youth ... Read More »

Syrian refugee family who were followed by death find happiness in Brisbane

Al Mhanna family

SYRIAN refugee couple Bahiya and Adnan Al Mhanna lost all their money and nearly their lives in Damascus, but for the first time in years they have something to smile about. The Melkite Catholic married couple along with their two sons are now celebrating their first offer of employment in Australia. The Al Mhanna family were among the 12,000 displaced ... Read More »

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 »

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