Re­mote parish is im­por­tant to Arch­bishop

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

NORTH Bur­nett com­mu­ni­ties were blessed last week­end with a visit from Catholic Arch­bishop Mark Co­leridge.

Gayn­dah, Mun­dub­bera and Eidsvold wel­comed Arch­bishop Co­leridge on his first visit to the area.

Parish priest Fa­ther Ja­son Mid­dle­ton said the parish­ioners of­fered a warm wel­come to His Grace.

“We are very grate­ful for the visit to our com­mu­ni­ties,” Fa­ther Mid­dle­ton said.

“We are hon­oured to have the Arch­bishop here to meet the parish­ioners and get a ser­mon at our mass.”

Arch­bishop Co­leridge, who is Queens­land’s most se­nior Catholic cleric, said he was sur­prised to see how large Mun­dub­bera was and that the pop­u­la­tion was so di­verse.

“Mun­dub­bera is a long way from the An­glo Celtic tribe, largely Ir­ish, that many imag­ine,” he said.

“I am so sur­prised that the peo­ple who live here are Ger­man, Dutch, Chi­nese, Filipino as well as South Pa­cific Is­lan­ders and from a place called Eidsvold, named af­ter a place in Nor­way.”

The Arch­bishop went on to say this, the most re­mote parish in his Arch­dio­cese, was equally im­por­tant as a parish in the big­gest cities.

Four­teen-year-old Leah Ezzy, who came to Mun­dub­bera from Gayn­dah to hear the Arch­bishop’s word, said she had heard him speak on Satur­day in Gayn­dah and wanted to be among his parish­ioners again.

“I think it is won­der­ful that the Arch­bishop has come to our re­gion and I think his words are very spe­cial,” Leah said.

Arch­bishop Mark Co­leridge

Mun­dub­bera is a long way from the An­glo Celtic tribe, largely Ir­ish, that many imag­ine.

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