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New deacon sees Scripture differently since ministering in ‘salad bowl of Brisbane’

ONE of Brisbane’s newest deacons has found his inspiration in the language of scripture multiplied and it has everything to do with where he has been placed. Deacon Francis Fernandes, who was ordained to the transitional diaconate last November, has been ministering in Gatton Laidley parish. “I’m kind of lucky in this parish, in Gatton Laidley, it’s an agricultural area ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory ordains first man in pre-Christmas milestone

DEACON Conor Power has become the first man ordained for the Brisbane Oratory since it was established in 2015. He said passing the historic milestone was a sign to the Oratory community and to the broader parish community that “we really are committed to our parish and to the people of Brisbane”. Deacon Power was ordained to the transitional diaconate ... Read More »

Evangelisation – what’s Jesus got to do with it?

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AT the end of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI entrusted the newly “rejuvenated” Church to one specific group of Catholics. It was for young people, the Pope said, that the Church was being re-examined “to respond better to the design of her Founder”. So, after four rigorous years, the Church was entrusting young people to “build a better ... Read More »

‘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 »

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