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Emma Fradd says Australian parish music is dead – but not gone

CATHOLIC musician Emma Fradd likes the word revival. “I’m a direct communicator, because I think (revival) signifies that something is dead and lifeless,” Emma said. “And I think a lot of parish music in our country is dead.” Recognising there was a problem was the first step to solving it, and Emma, who is touring Brisbane parishes as part of ... Read More »

‘I now believe’: The Catholic Church is winning over young people through Ignite Conference

young people praying

RENEWAL was the hope and lived experience of an estimated 1500 people of all ages from September 26-29 at the New Again-themed Ignite Youth Conference in Brisbane archdiocese. Inspired by the Book of Revelations scripture of, “Behold, I am making all things new” (21:5), Ignite Youth, an arm of Emmanuel Community, provided the platform for four dynamic days of sacraments, ... Read More »

Emmanuel Community is on a mission to evangelise, boldly spreading the Gospel in innovative ways

EMMANUEL Community moderator Pat Keady says evangelisation is the Church’s greatest need. “I view evangelisation as the Catholic Church’s greatest need because I was a young person in particular who needed evangelisation,” Mr Keady said. He said growing up and going to university, it was protestant evangelicals that successfully evangelised him. It was only years later he went on “a ... Read More »

Hear the new noise from emmanuelworship

emmanuelworship in the studio

CALLING a new album noise would be offensive to most musicians but not for the worship leaders in Brisbane’s emmanuelworship. For months the team have worked on a new album to recreate the “mighty noise from heaven” that the disciples heard on Pentecost 2000 years ago. That heavenly noise has been captured in Ventus (Noise from Heaven), emmanuelworship’s latest live ... Read More »

How God keeps surprising Paul and Christine Hodgkinson

Paul and Christine Hodgkinson

PAUL Hodgkinson, approaching 83 and aware it might be time to call it a day as a teacher, turned to God for guidance. He was bowled over by what happened next. He’d been a teacher in Christian Brothers schools all around Queensland and for the past 20 years has been a Religious Instruction volunteer in state schools near where he ... Read More »

Heavenly mothers have a hand in young couple’s marriage

Mierendorfs

NATTASHA Mierendorf’s decision to marry was spurred by someone who’d never married and she’d never met. Her relationship with Stephen, who arrived in Brisbane to serve with National Evangelisation Teams (NET) in 2011, was somewhat unexpected. “I was really closed off to dating anyone,” Nattasha, known best as Tash, said. “I loved the idea of being single and being able ... Read More »

Three generations happy to be serving the Lord

The Wilmers

WHEN Michele Wilmer surveyed the jubilant 1600-strong crowd at an evening rally of Emmanuel Community’s Ignite Conference in late September she was overcome with pride.  Her son Alex and his son Lucas, guitarists in the emmanuelworship band, were leading conference participants in a dynamic, well-known and well-loved style of prayer and worship.  “(I felt) oh wow, they’re so good; when ... Read More »

Catholics remember wife of Emmanuel Community founder, Lorraine Smith

Lorraine Smith

CATHOLICS have honoured the spiritual mother of Brisbane’s charismatic renewal as “a faithful woman of God” with an unforgettable heart of forgiveness. Lorraine Smith, who was the wife of the founder of Emmanuel Community in Brisbane, died on September 13. Long-time friend Lisa Humphrys, who knew Mrs Smith since she was 13, said she was with the mother of five shortly ... Read More »

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