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Pastoral carers like prison and hospital chaplains relish Zoom sessions to keep ministry alive

PRISON chaplains and hospital pastoral carers are doing their best to keep their ministries alive despite being kept away from prisoners and patients because of COVID-19. Brisbane archdiocese’s Centacare Pastoral Ministries director Judy Norris said chaplains were unable to visit prisons and most of Centacare’s pastoral carers have had to withdraw from hospitals, leaving only a skeleton team allowed limited ... Read More »

People with a mental illness turn to their patron saint for prayers

Members of Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care

THE daughter of an Irish pagan king and a beautiful Catholic mother has become the lifeline and friend to a group of Catholics from Brisbane who live with a mental illness. Members of Brisbane-based ministry Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care, which offers spiritual support and companionship to people with a mental illness, have developed a deep love and devotion to St ... Read More »

Victorian parish nurse for 17 years has plans to expand ministry into Brisbane

Leonie Rastas

SHIVERING from the cold wind rushing through the cemetery, grieving mother Lori O’Keefe tightened the shawl around her shoulders as she buried her son, missing martial arts expert Dan O’Keefe. The discovery of Dan’s body beneath his parent’s Geelong home in 2016 ended a five-year search for the 24 year old, but also prompted a response from parish nurse Leonie ... Read More »

Mentally ill need Mass, prayer, says chaplain

PEOPLE with mental illness need spiritual care more than a handout, Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care chaplain Fr Jim Smith says. Fr Smith has been the chaplain for CPPC, a ministry dedicated to the mentally ill including people with schizophrenia, since 1987. In those 29 years, Fr Smith has come to realise that people with a mental disorder need pastoral care ... Read More »

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