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Vice Rector Pastoral Care – Padua College, Kedron

An outstanding opportunity exists to join our dynamic learning community and help lead Padua College’s vision for the future. We are seeking to appoint an inspirational and innovative Vice Rector Pastoral Care who is committed to making a significant contribution to the development of our Community and in the lives of the students in our care. Within the high-quality facilities ... Read More »

‘I’m literally repairing a building’ – Franciscan following St Francis in saving leaning church

AS Fr Stephen Bliss stands at the altar rail of heritage-listed St Brigid’s in Rosewood, he can appreciate his calling as a Franciscan friar is restoration. “St Francis said to repair the Church, I’m literally repairing a building,” Fr Bliss said. Built 110 years ago, the ornate weatherboard church holds pride of place in the centre of Rosewood, but has ... Read More »

Fr Harry Chan looks back on ten years of freedom since his solemn profession

A MILD mannered and soft-spoken Franciscan Friar had firm words for the pandemic – “do not let the fear stop you serving God and the Church and the people”. Franciscan Father Harry Chan likened the COVID-19 pandemic to the rampant spates of leprosy in the days of his order’s founder, St Francis of Assisi. “Still, St Francis and the early ... Read More »

Franciscan Friars look to postpone crucial collection for the Holy Land amid uncertainty

FRANCISCAN Friars in Jerusalem and around the world were set to postpone Good Friday collections that ordinarily went towards the upkeep of Holy Land sites amid “terrible uncertainty” caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Holy Land Commissary for Australia and Kedron parish administrator Franciscan Father Mario Debattista said the friars faced challenges from two directions. He said the friars did not just ... Read More »

From guiding planes to guiding the dying, St Francis is Larry Cox’s role model

LARRY Cox has helped air travellers to safe landings at busy airports and sat as a guide at the bedside of hospital patients on the toughest journeys of their lives. When he retired as manager of the communications centre and flight watch area at Brisbane Airport more than 20 years ago, he launched into something completely different. He became a ... Read More »

University welcomes dogs, cat, and even alpacas for the annual Franciscan animal blessing

“EVERYONE loves animals,” Colleen Tracey said, holding her Maltese cross bichon frise dog Teddy at this year’s Australian Catholic University Brisbane campus animal blessing on September 12. Mrs Tracey, the Brisbane campus ministry staff pastoral associate, said animals had a way of bringing people together and knocking down barriers. “This is a celebration of the interconnectedness of all creation in ... Read More »

Friar urges respect and care for ‘God’s work of art’ at World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

WARNINGS about the environmental implications of people neglecting their spiritual and emotional sides have been issued by a Franciscan Friar during Mass for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in Brisbane. Speaking at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Fr Paul Rout, an Australian priest who lectures in Franciscan Spirituality at the University of London, warned that an ... Read More »

Country pilgrim bringing a smaller version of the Camino to Ipswich

Ipswich pilgrims

PILGRIMAGE enthusiast Chrissie Turner is so hooked on the Camino, she’s bringing a version of the 1000-year-old popular walk to her home parish in Ipswich. Mrs Turner, who has been a member of the St Brigid’s Parish, Rosewood, since 1995, has completed dozens of pilgrimages and walks around the world, including the Australian Camino, which follows the footsteps of St ... Read More »

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