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Seminary turns 75: Rector says Jesus still calling ‘disciples’ in Queensland

Monsignor John Grace

TODAY’S crop of seminarians at Queensland’s Holy Spirit Seminary is reflective of the nature of church-going Catholics – fewer in number, older in age and multicultural. It’s a comparison that struck Monsignor John Grace when he arrived from Rockhampton diocese at the start of the year to become the seminary’s 13th rector. He was also pondering such matters as he ... Read More »

Fr Rob Galea: ‘God, You have permission to ruin my plans’

Fr Rob Galea

WHEN Fr Rob Galea auditioned for the X-Factor television program in 2015 he captured the interest of the nation. Since then the online audience following his catechesis has grown exponentially. But what brought the Maltese-born priest to ordination and who is he? Journalist Selina Venier met up with Fr Galea at last monthís Ignite Conference to find out FR Rob ... Read More »

Country parish ‘a breath of fresh air’ for Indian pastor

Fr Noyichan

GATTON’S newest parish priest didn’t expect to find India in the Lockyer Valley. Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Father Noyichan Mamoottil, officially installed this month as the pastor for the Gatton-Laidley parish, believes his new parishioners have a similar character to Catholics in Kerala, India. “I think it’s because most of (the parishioners) are not formal, they are very ... Read More »

Returning to the East? Brisbane faithful join in the debate

BRISBANE Catholics including a consultant to the Australian National Liturgical Council have responded to suggestions from the Church’s liturgy chief on returning to a “common orientation” of the Mass. Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Cardinal Robert Sarah made an appeal for all Catholic priests to return “as soon as possible to a common orientation” ... Read More »

Clergy relish trip down memory lane on jubilees

jubilarians

RETIRED priest Fr Bernie Costigan was 25 when he walked through St Stephen’s Cathedral to become a changed man. The year was 1966, and Fr Costigan was to take his first step on the long walk down the centre aisle to enter the priesthood. “Well, it was all very exciting in a way, and very humbling,” he said. Fifty years ... Read More »

From Kenya to Ballina: The journey of Lismore’s newest priest

Fr Alexander Munyao

FATHER Alexander Munyao, ordained in Kenya earlier this year, is now ministering in the coastal town of Ballina as Lismore diocese’s newest priest. Writing for the diocese’s magazine, Catholic Life, Fr Munyao said his “call to the priesthood started when I was a young boy growing up in the Savanna Plains of Kenya”. He returned to those plains earlier this year for ... Read More »

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