Remote parish is important to Archbishop
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.
WELCOME GUEST: Four-year-old Mathew Chan gets his chance to meet Archbishop Mark Coleridge.
The Mundubbera community rejoices with Archbishop Mark Coleridge.