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Parishioners voice opposition to council plan threatening access to West End church

INNER-city bustle – what would St Francis have made of it? Hundreds of inner-city parishioners and local residents have voiced their opposition to a Brisbane City Council plan that threatens access to their beloved church and community hall. “I think this just shows the extent of community concern, ” St Francis of Assisi Church parishioner Peter Betros said. Mr Betros, ... Read More »

Capuchins, or the men who find Christ in the leper

Joy is a habit: “I think it’s very important for young people to see the variety of vocations that exist in the Church so they can really open their hearts to what the Spirit’s inspiring.”

AS far as vocation stories go, St Francis of Assisi had a wild one. “Francis was one that was going after everything the world told him and all the young people were dreaming of – wealth, social status, nobility,” Capuchin Father Thomas McFadden said. “All of a sudden, he realised he’d been heading in the wrong direction … that shook him.  ... Read More »

University welcomes dogs, cat, and even alpacas for the annual Franciscan animal blessing

“EVERYONE loves animals,” Colleen Tracey said, holding her Maltese cross bichon frise dog Teddy at this year’s Australian Catholic University Brisbane campus animal blessing on September 12. Mrs Tracey, the Brisbane campus ministry staff pastoral associate, said animals had a way of bringing people together and knocking down barriers. “This is a celebration of the interconnectedness of all creation in ... Read More »

Praying the peace prayer of St Francis

By Sr Hilda Scott THE Peace Prayer of St Francis is well known to us. It has been set to music and most parishes sing it in one form or another; “Lord make me an instrument of your peace etc”. It is attributed to St Francis of Assisi and even if he didn’t actually write it, the sentiments in the ... Read More »

Blessing creatures great and small

animals

NEITHER Noah, nor his ark, was present on an overcast September 21, yet animals gathered two-by-two at Banyo’s Australian Catholic University campus for a blessing.  The annual event led, by Franciscan Father Harry Chan, acted as an early celebration of the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, which falls on October 4.  St Francis is recognised as the patron saint ... Read More »

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