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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 »

Gratitude is overflowing as Fr John Chalmers retires from Centacare

Fr John Chalmers

“GRATITUDE” was a word Centacare chief Peter Selwood used as he prepared to farewell the “much loved” Fr John Chalmers and “gratitude” is what fills Fr John as he heads into retirement. November 27 was Fr John’s last day as Mission an Formation director at Centacare Brisbane, and with 47 years of priesthood under his belt he pondered what it ... Read More »

Perth priest risks his own life to save surfer attacked by shark

A CATHOLIC priest who helped rescue a surfer being attacked by a four-metre great white shark, says it was the grace of God that gave him courage to act in the moment. “There’s something deep inside you that wants to help,” keen surfer and newly-ordained priest Fr Liam Ryan, 33, said, after a daring rescue at remote Bunker Bay beach, ... Read More »

Fire-ravaged parishes show courage and ‘generosity of spirit’ in the face of loss and trauma

PRIESTS working in Australia’s worst bushfire-ravaged districts have praised the courage and “generosity of spirit” of their communities. But with more heatwave conditions expected, they have warned of the long-term impact of disaster trauma. “We have parishioners fighting fires, those who have lost their homes, and those who are playing a part with the evacuation centres,” Fr Luke Verrell said ... Read More »

Priest visiting from Vatican urges people to discover the humanity of migrants and refugees

SCALABRINIAN Father Fabio Baggio urged people to discover the human face of migrants and refugees. “We are not talking about numbers, we are talking about people,” Fr Baggio said. “The faces of people and stories of people are much more important than the numbers.” Fr Baggio, who leads the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development Migrants and Refugees Section, addressed ... Read More »

Australia’s bishops and religious vow never to repeat shameful child sexual abuse history

Archbishop Coleridge and Sr Monica Cavanagh address the media at a press conference on the Church's response to the Royal Commission

CATHOLIC leaders today (August 31) announced they accept 98 per cent of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse and have vowed that the Church’s shameful history will never be repeated. Catholic Religious Australia president Josephite Sister Monica Cavanagh and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge spoke at a media conference in Sydney, expressing their ... Read More »

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