Archbishop upbeat about Queensland's faith
"Great things" have happened in south-east Queensland as a result of the Come Holy Spirit Prayer campaign launched by the archdiocese one year ago, says Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby.
The Catholic Leader this week reports that Archbishop Bathersby has credited an archdiocesan-wide prayer campaign as the driving force behind a wave of blessings for the Church in south-east Queensland.
He said to a gathering marking the first anniversary of the Come Holy Spirit Prayer campaign on 22 July that many people had written to him expressing their support for the campaign.
About 100 people gathered at the Marymac Centre in Annerley to hear of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in the past 12 months and the Archbishop renew the campaign, on the feast of St Mary Magdalene last Saturday, the first witness of the risen Christ.
Archbishop Bathersby said among the "tangible results" of the prayer campaign included the recent visit of Nigerian Bishop Lucius Ugorji with the promise of priests to serve in the archdiocese and the "stirring" in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Other results, he says, included the establishment of a Bible Institute at Petrie, the continued growth of the National Evangelisation Teams, the Men Alive program, the Mothers' Prayer Group, the appointment of a lay vocations promoter, the continuing growth of parish councils, the enthusiastic launch of Brisbane's journey to World Youth Day 2008, the expansion of Catholic education and Centacare services, the establishment of a youth commission, the opening of the Francis Rush Centre in the City and the encouraging crowds at Easter and Christmas Masses.
He said the campaign's "799" prayer club, which encourages people to pray at 7am, 9am and 9pm each day, had helped to deepen his own prayer life.
Archbishop Bathersby also launched a new prayer card and other prayer resources at the gathering.
Answer to prayers (Catholic Leader, 28/7/06)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Come Holy Spirit Prayer Campaign (Archdiocese of Brisbane)
Brisbane Archbishop calls people to prayer (Cathnews, 2/8/05)
28 Jul 2006