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‘Unprecedented’ has been over-used describing the fallout of COVID-19 but it’s still true, Brisbane deacon says

LIKE an omen of the road ahead, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg suffered a coughing fit in the middle of his economic update speech in parliament on May 12, which replaced the budget speech traditionally held on the second Tuesday of May. Mr Frydenberg was tested for COVID-19 and the test came back negative, but the image of the treasurer coughing ... Read More »

Grovely Deacon Peter McDade feeding spiritual hunger with the Word online

GROVELY-based Deacon Peter McDade often told the couples who came to him for marriage preparation that there were three parts to a person’s persona that needed to stay in balance to live joyfully – the physical, the psychological and the spiritual. He said the first two were readily accepted by most people, but the third was often “dismissed and not ... Read More »

Isolated because of coronavirus? This deacon’s book has you covered

WHEN Deacon Peter de Haas had an idea to write a practical handbook for Catholics geographically isolated from everyday parish life, he never imagined needing to refer to his advice weeks after it arrived from the printers. In 2016 the permanent deacon for Cairns diocese started writing a handbook based on his experience of providing spiritual and pastoral support to ... Read More »

Meet the married men who will be ordained deacons next week

Married men becoming deacons

A FINANCIAL economist, a renowned technologist, a researcher for the CSIRO, and a former Protestant pastor will walk into a cathedral to become deacons next week. Adam Walk, Ivan Ortiz, Chad Hargrave and Peter Pellicaan are one week out from their ordination to the permanent diaconate, one of three ranks in the sacrament of Holy Orders. They are all married ... Read More »

Sandhurst seminarian says vocation to priesthood freeing, not crazy

Family joy: Deacon Adi Indra (second from left) celebrates his ordination to the diaconate with his parents, Yanti and Hasan Indra and sister Eveline Indra. Photos: PNAC (Rome)

SEMINARIAN and former intern at The Catholic Leader, Adi Indra, can tick getting ordained over the burial site of the first pope from his bucket list. The Indonesian-born seminarian for the Sandhurst diocese in Victoria was ordained a deacon on October 3 at St Peter’s Basilica which, in Catholic tradition, is known as the place where St Peter was buried. ... Read More »

Sky’s the limit for Brisbane deacon taking on Q1 stair challenge

Andrew O'Brien

DEACON Andrew O’Brien is preparing to climb the tallest building in Australia so his Brisbane-based outreach can continue to offer mateship to homeless people in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. The Brisbane deacon and manager for Catholic outreach Rosies, which serves a cuppa to hundreds of homeless people in Queensland every week, will attempt to climb 1331 steps in ... Read More »

Vietnamese Augustinian closer to fulfilling dream of becoming a priest

Deacon Dang Nguyen

AUSTRALIA’S Augustinians are closer to realising their plan of opening their first house in Vietnam following the diaconate ordination of Br Dang Nguyen in Brisbane. Br Nguyen, who left Vietnam nine years ago to be a priest, said it was a “dream” for the Australian Augustinian province to open the order’s first house in Vietnam and he hoped to be ... Read More »

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