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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 »

Chaplains – A friendly face in the darkest of hours

Fr Bob Harwood

FR Bob Harwood answered a knock on the door in Dysart. A dying miner was looking for a priest, knowing the cancer tormenting his body would soon claim his life. He wanted to die in his central Queensland home town and he wanted someone to walk the final weeks with him. He had no family and no close friends. So ... Read More »

Q&A with Fr Nicholas Maurice

  Fr Nicolas Maurice was raised in Brisbane, studied engineering at the University of Queensland, joined the seminary for Lismore diocese and studied at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained for the Diocese of Lismore on July 3, 2008. He is a lecturer at Vianney College, Wagga Wagga, and an assistant priest at St Carthageís Cathedral, ... Read More »

South Sudanese priest finds peace in Brisbane

Fr Stephen Kumyangi

  BRISBANE’S newest African priest is relieved to know his new Catholic home won’t be fleeing from any deadly conflict in the near future. South Sudanese priest Fr Stephen Kumyangi was among a group of 2000 Catholics from the Maridi parish who were forced to run from tribal communities targeting community leaders last year. “Right before I started to come here, ... Read More »

Toowoomba teenager answers the call and enters seminary

Seminarian

PARISHIONERS at Sacred Heart Church, Toowoomba, fraewelled one of their own, Nathan Webb, on February 14 but are delighted his destination was the Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary in Brisbane. Mr Webb, 18, said he had always felt the calling to become a priest and after a number of years of discernment had decided to take the next step. “It’s kind ... Read More »

Queensland Augustinians laid to rest last month

Augustinians laid to rest

TWO Augustinian Fathers with strong connections to Brisbane archdiocese have died. Fr Patrick Fahey and Fr Patrick Bourke died in December in Sydney and Melbourne. Both men were over 80 and had enjoyed long and decorated lives of service to the Church. Fr Fahey was raised in Yeppoon, attending secondary school at St Augustine’s College between 1946 and 1949. His ... Read More »

Stanthorpe people treasure their pioneer priest

THERE are no official steps for Fr Jerome Davadi to be the subject of consideration for sainthood but there are some people out Stanthorpe way who know what a special man he was. He was born in Montecarotto, in the Le Marche region of Italy, on April 26, 1845. Reseracher Ian Bonaccorso said the name on Fr Davdadi’s birth certificate ... Read More »

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