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New study shows Archdiocese of Brisbane contributes $2.5 billion to Queensland economy

Cathy Uechrtritz

A GROUNDBREAKING study shows the huge community contribution of the Catholic Church across south east Queensland. The Archdiocese of Brisbane makes a $2.5 billion contribution to the Queensland economy through its parishes, schools and agencies, employing 22,000 staff to carry out its work and has 14,000 volunteers. “I think even our own aren’t aware of how significant our contribution is ... Read More »

‘Community looks after community’, Kingaroy residents are looking out for each other in tough times

IN Kingaroy, community spirit is running high as Church, care agencies and businesses reach out to help the vulnerable during the pandemic period. “Community looks after community,” Kingaroy Centacare Community Services operations manager John Stevenson said. “We had two (COVID-19) cases here, six weeks ago … people who came from overseas, and they were isolated straight away. So we have ... Read More »

Single mother’s hospital parking pain eased following government promises

Lisa Jackson

HOSPITAL trips are becoming less of a financial nightmare for a Catholic single mother-of-three who until mid-last year was paying more than $380 a month in parking fees. Stafford parishioner of 45 years Lisa Jackson welcomed a victory for the community after the Queensland Government last year promised to invest up to $7.5 million over four years to make an ... Read More »

Meet the winners of the 2017 Community Leader Awards

Community Leader Award winners

  HOMELESS people across the Sunshine Coast will have a new reason to cheer for their biggest supporter, Nambour Catholic woman Annette Baker. The Nambour parishioner and member of the St Vincent de Paul Society for 17 years was named Community Leader of the Year in Brisbane last week. Mrs Baker received the award for her contribution to Vinnies in ... Read More »

Michael Hutchinson’s invitation of a lifetime

Michael Hutchinson

MICHAEL Hutchinson remembers a weekend in 1980 as a turning point in his life. Apart from meeting his wife Sue and the birth of their daughters Kate and Sophie, there are not too many times that have had such lasting impact. “I’m very thankful to my sister (Maree) for inviting me to come to that celebration,” Michael said as he ... Read More »

Logan Catholic school’s hub builds community for isolated mothers and refugees

St Francis College Crestmead community hub

HOLLYE Erskine could have been one of those mums who lost contact with the outside world after giving birth, but a project at her local Catholic school provided a different option. The mother-of-three is a regular visitor to the Community Hub at St Francis College, Crestmead – a project that helps local families combat isolation. The hub is part of ... Read More »

Sr Carmel Arnold’s 21 years of service in Bowen comes to an end

Sr Carmel Arnold Returns to Townsville

AFTER more than 21 years of service to the Bowen community, Sister Carmel Arnold has been called back to Townsville. The last of the town’s Sisters of Mercy, Sr Arnold’s departure will bring to an end the 145-year presence of Sisters in the Bowen community. A Mass of Thanksgiving and farewell was celebrated by Bishop Tim Harris two weeks ago ... Read More »

Teen told he would fail finds new cycle in life

Bikes wanted

POLISHING up a run-down bike has given Inala student Dylan Dunne a new reason to stay in school. Five months ago, the 15-year-old could not be found inside a classroom. He eventually ended up at the Inala Flexible Learning Centre, a secondary school operated by Edmund Rice Education Australia. The school offers flexible learning options to young people who are ... Read More »

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