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Humble, dedicated priest remembered at funeral Mass

BRISBANE priest Fr Pat Dowd, described as a “real friend” and a humble and dedicated parish priest who served across the Brisbane Archdiocese, was farewelled at a moving funeral Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral today. Fr Vince Hobbs spoke of his longtime friend and year mate as “an authentic disciple of Jesus, a man of real faith, and hope and ... Read More »

Long-serving priest Fr Pat Dowd has died, to be remembered at funeral Mass next Thursday

LONG-serving Brisbane priest Fr Pat Dowd died at his Camp Hill residence on February 10. Fr Dowd served as parish priest at Carina, Upper Mt Gravatt, Caboolture, Kingaroy, Gayndah and Childers. Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell said the archdiocese was thankful to God for Fr Dowd’s faithful service, and would continue to pray for his family and the many parishioners whose lives ... Read More »

Belgian-born Armidale Bishop Luc Matthys to be remembered at funeral tomorrow

THE Diocese of Armidale has honoured the passing of its ninth Bishop, Belgium-born Luc Matthys, as “a man of profound faith and wisdom”. The 85-year-old died on Australia Day after a short illness, will be farewelled at a Solemn Funeral Mass at Saints Mary & Joseph Cathedral, Armidale this Friday, February 5. Having moved from Belgium to South Africa during ... Read More »

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson dies aged 70

THE Church is mourning the death of the former Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, aged 70. Even though he suffered a series of health issues in recent years, including cancer, his death on Sunday, January 17 was unexpected, according to the Archdiocese of Adelaide. Close friend, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference tweeted: “Philip Wilson, ... Read More »

Australian Fr Pat Harney, the oldest Carmelite in the world, remembered in live-stream funeral today

THE world’s oldest known Carmelite, who served nearly all the Carmelite parishes in Australian and New Zealand, was remembered in a live-streamed funeral today. Australian Carmelite Father Pat Harney died peacefully on July 17 – the day after the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite order. According to the Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste, ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby laid to rest in St Stephen’s Cathedral

BRISBANE Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby was laid to rest in the city’s St Stephen’s Cathedral today (March 16), remembered as a popular churchman of strong spirit, humour and genuine interest in the lives of others. “In life, John cherished and preached the Gospel of Christ,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said during a funeral Mass. It was a Mass celebrated in ... Read More »

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