A SMALL but enthusiastic crowd gathered at South Brisbane’s Greek Club and Convention Centre on May 4 for the University of Queensland’s Newman Society Jubilee Ball.
The ball, which sought to give young Christians a chance to come together, meet new people and bear witness to Christ in their lives, was a triumph of organisation as the Newman Society juggled with varying indications of attendance before the event.
Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Michael Putney Bishop paid tribute to the organisers for their efforts during a speech to the ball.
University chaplain, Jesuit Father Ian Howells said the ball represented an ambitious undertaking by the Newman Society because events of this kind usually were held at colleges rather than in the wider community. It also successfully captured an ecumenical flavour, he said, with Lutheran pastor Peter Close and his wife Kathy in attendance.
While most of those in attendance were university students, there were also others, notably a group from Brisbane’s Emmanuel Covenant Community.