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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 »

Townsville diocese prays for PNG’s first cardinal at welcome Mass

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DURING the welcome Mass for Cardinal John Ribat late last year, many people spoke kindly of the shepherd who was now the first cardinal to be appointed from Papua New Guinea. Apostolic nuncio for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal said: “We are here to share our joy and express our gratitude to God for ... Read More »

Community farewells friends and faith guide

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WHEN a community says goodbye to its parish priest, there are many memories shared. But when a priest leaves a parish to go home to his mother country, it is far more heartfelt. Carmelite Father Thomas Pulickal arrived in Townsville in November 2012 from India where he had lectured at the Carmelite seminary in Liturgy. Upon arriving he was appointed ... Read More »

Townsville Catholics attend Mass celebrating Port Moresby archdiocese’s 50th

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DELEGATES from Townsville diocese visited Papua New Guinea in late November to help celebrate the golden anniversary of Port Moresby archdiocese. During the Golden Jubilee Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Cardinal John Ribat spoke to the more than 2000 gathered and shared many historical facts about the forming of what is now the Archdiocese of Port Moresby. “The archdiocese was originally ... Read More »

Parish challenged to show face of mercy for migrants and refugees

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FATHER John Kunnathumadappillil drew on his first experience of encountering a “strange country, strange people and strange means of transport” in helping his congregation reflect on the importance of Migrant and Refugee Sunday recently. “I did not know what to do and I was nearly lost,” Fr Kunnathumadappillil said in his homily at Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. The ... Read More »

World Youth Day 2016: From North Queensland to the city of mercy

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BRIGHT and early one morning in July, 35 young and not so young Townsville diocese parishioners gathered at Brisbane International Airport to begin their pilgrimage to the Heart of Mercy and World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.  The diocesan group was made up of 22 from Mount Isa and 13 from the Townsville area, all of them looking forward to ... Read More »

No borders to faith for Townsville youth headed for World Youth Day

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NEARLY three million young Catholics will descend on Krakow, Poland, this month for World Youth Day festivities, with 38 young people set to represent Townsville diocese. The contingent left Australia early on July 2 and is set to experience some historic Catholic sites as part of the pilgrimage to Krakow. The first nine days of the trip will be spent in ... Read More »

All Townsville Catholic schools have switched to solar with Vatican officials asking for global roll-out

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SOLAR projects powering dozens of Queensland Catholic schools have so impressed Vatican officials that they believe the projects could be duplicated across the globe offering massive power savings, as well as demonstrating the Church’s environmental commitment. All 31 schools in the Diocese of Townsville have now switched to power from solar panels as part of a pioneering environmental project, reducing annual ... Read More »

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