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Life changes course with one Melbourne Cup bet

Fr Dave O'Connor

THERE aren’t many priests who can say a horse race helped dictate their vocational journey. But Fr Dave O’Connor counts the 1989 Melbourne Cup as one of those moments that steered his priestly life in a new direction. Fr Dave was then based in Perth as the Navy chaplain, continuing a journey that had bounced from regional Queensland through Sydney ... Read More »

Considering vocations

Huge crowds at youth and vocations expo

YOUNG Catholics hitting a wall with their life vocation fired questions at priests and nuns outside St Stephen’s Cathedral last week. More than 200 young people wandered through the Youth and Vocations Expo, run by St Stephen’s Young Adult Ministry and Vocation Brisbane on Sunday, August 2. The annual event marked the beginning of National Vocations Week, held this year ... Read More »

Much-loved Jesuit Fr Gregory Jordan taught lessons until death

By Emilie Ng “When I die, don’t write me an epitaph, say a prayer for me,” Fr Gregory Jordan. JESUIT Father Gregory Jordan dedicated his life to teaching young and old the beauty of life in the Church, but his greatest lesson came when he died suddenly on Sunday July 19. After collapsing during Mass in St Ignatius Church, Toowong, Fr ... Read More »

Jesuit Father Gregory Jordan remembered with love

EMOTIONAL tributes are flowing from across Australia for beloved spiritual grandfather, Brisbane-based Jesuit Father Gregory Jordan, who died suddenly on July 19, aged 85. Fr Jordan collapsed while proclaiming the Gospel in Mass at St Ignatius Church, Toowong, and was taken to the Wesley Hospital in a critical condition. He died a few hours later. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, government ... Read More »

New priest for Rockhampton diocese

Fr Andrew Hogan

ROCKHAMPTON diocese opened their arms wide to welcome back local man Andrew Hogan not as a country boy, but as one of their newest priests. Born and raised in Rockhampton, Fr Andrew Hogan was ordained a priest by Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy at St Joseph’s Cathedral last night Wednesday, December 4. A large congregation gathered to witness the ordination, including ... Read More »

Following his father’s footsteps

Marist Father John Begg with his father's war medals

FR John Begg was six when his father died after being wounded in war, and he was later to give part of his own life in service of others in the same part of the world. Fr John was the first to find his 36-year-old father dead. It was April 29, 1946, and 68 years later Fr John remembers it ... Read More »

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