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ACU’s John Fahey, champion of Sydney Olympics bid, dies aged 75

“AND the winner is … Sydney.” Those words, declared in 1993 by Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, spoke volumes about the public drive and commitment displayed by John Fahey, who died on September 12, aged 75, after a battle with leukaemia. Famously, Mr Fahey, then Premier of New South Wales jumped out of his seat and celebrated wildly with ... Read More »

Friends separated by border closures turn to Rosary to pray for end to COVID

TWO friends, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne, have initiated a National Rosary Crusade to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle Komadina, in Melbourne, and Monica Guy, in Sydney, are inviting Catholics around Australia to pray the Rosary for 54 days, starting on the feast of the Assumption, August 15, and finishing on the feast of ... Read More »

Passionist Fathers’ failed outreach to Queensland Aboriginal people actually deemed a success 175 years on

Stradbroke Island

IT was the first attempt to evangelise the Aboriginal people of Queensland, and it failed. Archbishop John Bede Polding, the first Bishop of Australia, approached the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ, better known as the Passionists, to preach the Gospel to the Aboriginal people of Queensland. Archbishop Polding believed the Catholic Church had for too long neglected the ... Read More »

Capuchin Friars’ new provincial minister takes up position in Sydney

Fr Gerard O'Dempsey

QUEENSLANDER Fr Gerard O’Dempsey says it is “breathtaking” to be elected leader of the Australian province of the Capuchin Friars for the next three years. “It’s a great responsibility and I hope I can live up to what the friars expect of me,” Fr O’Dempsey said as he packed his single suitcase and many boxes of books for his move ... Read More »

Sydney man working to protect traditional marriage from attack returns home to support Brisbane campaigners

David Jee

FOR Catholic father-of-six and marriage campaigner David Jee, the same-sex marriage survey was not, ultimately, about winning or losing, it was about the long-haul fight to protect traditional marriage. “This is only really the start,” Mr Jee said, returning to Brisbane to thank some of the thousands of volunteers who spent weeks doorknocking and handing out leaflets in support of ... Read More »

Good Sams celebrate 100 years of education service in Brisbane

Sisters of the Good Samaritan

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has paid tribute to the Sisters of the Good Samaritan for the way they have lived the Gospel parable of their name. He made special mention of this in his homily at a recent Mass celebrating the order’s 100 years of service to Catholic education in Brisbane archdiocese. Archbishop Coleridge celebrated a special liturgy at St Columba’s ... Read More »

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