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Canossian Daughters of Charity celebrate 70 years of mission, charity, love in Australia

THE world and its wounds changed shape over the past 70 years and the Canossian Daughters of Charity evolved with them, cherishing the experience of walking with the poor in Australia. The Canossian Sisters celebrated their Australian 70th anniversary Mass, at Canossa Chapel, Oxley, last Sunday.  Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell was the celebrant. Canossian Sister Melissa Dwyer (pictured with ... Read More »

Australia’s Church owes its existence to missionaries and wants to hear their voice

MISSIONARIES – men and women – have always been an important and necessary part of the missionary activity of the Catholic Church in Australia. “Starting with the Irish, there have been many waves of priests and religious coming from other countries to Australia,” the Canberra-based director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said. Fr ... Read More »

Passionist Fathers’ failed outreach to Queensland Aboriginal people actually deemed a success 175 years on

Stradbroke Island

IT was the first attempt to evangelise the Aboriginal people of Queensland, and it failed. Archbishop John Bede Polding, the first Bishop of Australia, approached the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ, better known as the Passionists, to preach the Gospel to the Aboriginal people of Queensland. Archbishop Polding believed the Catholic Church had for too long neglected the ... Read More »

Toowoomba lay women make life-changing trip to the Philippines

Philippines women

WOMEN from Toowoomba diocese have made a life-changing trip to the Philippines to make the lives of people better. Catherine McAleer; Helen Gillam, from St Mary’s School, Warwick; and Amy Davis, from St Patrick’s School, Mitchell, made the trip with the purpose of helping to set up a small school library for the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred ... Read More »

Catholics leave comforts behind to roam city streets proclaiming the Gospel

Neocatechumenal Way evangelisation missions

FOR 10 days, Brisbane Catholic Stephen Kearney put his IT job on hold to tread the winter streets of Sydney’s inner west, announcing the Gospel. He took no money or mobile phone, only the Bible and rosary beads, and walked with a companion, a priest from Perth, visiting Catholic parishes, talking with priests and parishioners and anyone he met, knocking ... Read More »

NDIS rollout calls for reflection on original Centacare mission, disability service expert says

Annette Drew

DISABILITY services expert Annette Drew believes advanced pre-planning and keeping to the “mission at heart” would ensure Centacare’s Brisbane clients make a smooth transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Mrs Drew has managed Centacare’s Supported Accommodation Independent Lifestyle (Sail) in Sunnybank for 17 years, and said the NDIS offered great opportunities but also big challenges for staff and clients ... Read More »

‘This is no way for a child to grow up’: Catholic teacher talks of heartbreaking mission in Iraq

Ora Duffley with a child in northern Iraq

BRISBANE Catholic teacher Ora Duffley has returned from a confronting few weeks on mission helping Christian refugees in northern Iraq. Miss Duffley set off before Easter to join the French Catholic mission SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, working hand in hand with local people and parishes on the ground. Even though she was well-read on the ongoing war against ISIS, she said ... Read More »

Catholic school students recall plight in Cambodia at special Mass

mission Mass

HUNDREDS of Catholic school students marked World Children’s Mission Day by attending a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, focusing on the plight of young Cambodians. “We are part of a global economy; how we live affects others,” Catholic Mission’s diocesan director David McGovern told students. “There are many children who cannot attend school because of poverty or disability.” Mr McGovern described ... Read More »

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