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Inaugural Putney fellowship launches to address alarming rates of youth suicide in North Queensland

Putney fellowship

TOWNSVILLE leaders have come together to officially launch the Bishop Michael Putney Fellowship. In 2014, the Tropical Brain and Mind Foundation was formed and launched locally in response to the growing statistics of mental health, mental illness and suicide rates in North Queensland. The foundation aimed to raise funds to engage research into this area, in particular some of the ... Read More »

Cowboys’ star Matthew Scott is helping to tackle Townsville’s growing gambling crisis

Matthew Scott

RUGBY league star Matthew Scott has joined forces with social services organisation Centacare North Queensland to tackle the region’s gambling crisis. Working in the community as its official Gambling Help ambassador, Mr Scott was out and about in Townsville and Mount Isa to raise awareness of responsible gambling as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week held nationally from July 24-30. ... Read More »

Townsville Mercy Sisters blessed with golden years

Mercy Sisters

THREE women religious from regional Queensland who entered the convent of the Mercy Sisters 50 years ago reunited to mark their golden jubilees. Mercy Sisters Carmel Ruddick, Cheryl Camp and Mary Lowcock were three of eight women who entered the Sisters of Mercy in early 1965. They came together to mark 50 years since they made their first professions on ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop says Good Samaritan Sisters leaving Charters Towers ‘did ‘good’ things in this part of the world’

Bishop Tim and Good Sams

IN 117 years, more than 200 Good Samaritan Sisters have served in the Charters Towers area. On May 28, all this came to an end as the remaining three sisters departed the community with much sadness. “It is sad that we are leaving,” Good Samaritan Sister Patricia Comerford said. “But we are leaving the community knowing that the good works ... Read More »

Priest who looked after Townsville for three years Fr Mick Lowcock honoured at ordination of new bishop

Fr Mick Lowcock

HOLIDAYS are in order for Townsville’s stand-in leader for the past three years, Mount Isa parish priest Fr Mick Lowcock. In 2014, Fr Lowcock took up the challenge to lead Townsville when he was appointed diocesan administrator following the death of Bishop Michael Putney. His task of providing leadership when the diocese was without a bishop for more than three ... Read More »

‘I’m the new kid on the block’: Bishop Tim Harris ordained for Townsville

Bishop and elders

TOWNSVILLE’S prayers to see a bishop in their midst after a three-year wait were answered at an historic ordination last week. The ordination and installation of Bishop Tim Harris, a former priest of Brisbane, was also the first episcopal ordination in Townsville in nearly 50 years. More than 2000 people attended the Ordination Mass of nearly three hours at Ryan ... Read More »

Bishop-elect Tim Harris farewelled from his Gold Coast parish

Townsville Bishop-elect Tim Harris

“LIFE can change in an instant,” Bishop-elect Tim Harris said at his final Mass in Surfers Paradise parish on February 26. He will be ordained the sixth Bishop of Townsville on May 3. “I’ve been living and reflecting (on) this very thing the last few weeks, following the nuncio’s phone call (announcing the appointment to Townsville),” Bishop-elect Harris said to ... Read More »

New shepherd already listening to Townsville’s pastoral needs

TOWNSVILLE’S sixth bishop was sitting in his presbytery kitchen when he learnt his predecessor had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Over the kitchen table at the Clear Island Waters church presbytery in 2012, Bishop Michael Putney told the parish priest and one of his former students in the seminary Fr Tim Harris that he was dying of cancer. “I ... Read More »

Townsville Diocese thrilled with new shepherd

  AFTER nearly three years of waiting, the announcement of a new bishop has been warmly greeted across the vast Townsville Diocese. “We’re getting text messages and emails of excitement from all over the diocese,” Diocesan chancellor Len Horner, who over the last 35 years, has worked alongside Townsville’s past three bishops, said. “And I think we are very happy ... Read More »

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