The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Brisbane (or Joshua) Story
Catholic Charismatic Renewal Brisbane is the umbrella organization for Catholic Charismatic Prayer Groups and Ministries in the Brisbane Archdiocese. This Catholic Organisation has been operating since 1980, when it was known as Prayer Group Fellowship. In July 1995 the name was changed to Joshua Prayer Groups and Ministries. In July 2011 the name was changed to Catholic Charismatic Renewal Brisbane (CCR Brisbane) to be more in line with other CCR organisations within Australia.
CCR Brisbane operates under the authority of Archbishop Mark Coleridge and has his approval to provide assistance, through the Church, for the many Prayer Groups and Ministries in this Archdiocese. The Liaison Bishop is Bishop Joseph Oudeman O.F.M. Cap.
Fr. Francis Onwunali has been appointed Liaison Priest for spiritual direction, and we are answerable, through him, to the Archbishop.
Thirty-five (35) Affiliated Prayer Groups consisting of Spanish, Italian, Indonesian and English speaking groups meet regularly throughout this Archdiocese for Praise, Worship, Teaching, Intercession and Ministry.
Three (3) Affiliated Ministries comprise of people from various Prayer Groups who have formed specific Outreach Activities e.g. Retreat for Women, Teaching and Ministry in Papua New Guinea, Various Ministries of Music, Christian Dance and Clowning, Teaching and Ministry offered through Life in the Spirit Seminars, along with Praise and Worship Healing Sessions.
The CCR BRisbane Service Committee is made up of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, 2 Assistant Secretaries, Treasurer, along with Regional Representatives and Regional Contacts to represent the affiliated groups and ministries in the 6 Pastoral Regions. The role of the Service Committee is to provide spiritual guidance, ongoing teaching, training and support for affiliated groups and ministries, actively involved in this Archdiocese of Brisbane. The committee meets every 6 weeks.
A retreat weekend and formation/teaching days are held each year.
The Editor of the "Face to Face" Magazine is a member of the Service Committee along with the Liaison Priest as an ex officio member of the Service Committee.