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Fr Francis’ hair worth more than $4000 for Vietnamese mission

IF you told Augustinian Father Francis Belcina two years ago that his hair would be worth more than $4000 in 2020, he would have fallen off his chair. But that’s how much his congregation’s Vietnamese mission has pocketed following a successful fundraiser held over the past month. Fr Belcina, who is parish priest of St James Church, Coorparoo, has been ... Read More »

Brisbane mum to send 100 masks to friend working in Malawi hospital

FRIENDS of a young Catholic woman on mission at a hospital in Malawi that can’t regularly afford to purchase new face masks for its staff are preparing to send over a gift of 100 fabric face masks. Catholic mum and Ignite Youth staff member Nattasha Mierendorf saw a Facebook post written by her friend Danielle Mourits, who is living with ... Read More »

Brisbane deacon says Vatican parish guidelines confirms need for personal encounter with Christ

A parish in Brisbane

BRISBANE’S evangelisation director believes a new instruction from the Vatican for the renewal of parishes will help the Church to “look, feel and sound more like Jesus”. Deacon Peter Pellicaan, of Evangelisation Brisbane, which serves parishes and communities across Brisbane archdiocese, said a new instruction issued by the Congregation for Clergy on Monday (July 20) was a “powerful vision” of ... Read More »

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 »

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