C.C.R. Brisbane commenced in Brisbane with Fr. Vince Hobbs establishing a prayer group at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Bardon in 1969. The group started in the hall, but as it grew in numbers it was transferred to the church and still operates there today.
As time went on, people started up smaller prayer groups throughout the city of Brisbane and eventually these groups were all affiliated together under the spiritual authority of the Archbishop of Brisbane. The name of Prayer Group Fellowship was given to these groups. This name has since been changed to Joshua Prayer Groups and Ministries, and more recently in July 2011 A.G.M. to Catholic Charismatic Renewal Brisbane (CCR Brisbane) to be in line with the other states in Australia but the same principles re affiliation, etc. remains.
Emmanuel Covenant Community was established with a founding group of 4 families with Brian Smith as Head Elder. From that beginning the Emmanuel Community was formed with many families joining together and covenanting to the Lord and to each other.
C.C.R in Brisbane currently comprises 3 streams under the authority of the Archbishop of Brisbane:
- C.C.R. Bardon Outreach
- Emmanuel Covenant Community
- C.C.R Brisbane
State Service Committee (SSC)
- comprised of 1 representative each from every diocese in the State of Queensland, i.e. Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton. Toowoomba diocese is currently not represented. The members of this committee meet, face to face, once a year. Apart from that, they are in touch with each other, mainly by telephone. The Chairperson of the Queensland State Service Committee is the state representative on the National Service Committee. At present this is Jenny McCormack.
National Service Committee (NSC)
- comprised of 1 representative each from every state and territory in Australia. This committee meets, face to face, annually. Apart from that, there is always communication via telephone or email.
International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS)
- comprised of 1 representative each from various countries of the world with headquarters at Vatican City, Rome. Our current representative on this committee is Ann Brereton of Hobart.
From the above, we can see that through affiliation with CCR Brisbane, we have representation right back to Rome. We may feel that we are only a very small part of the picture, but when we look at the overall scene, we are all part of something very significant in the life of the Renewal and of the Church.
CCR Center in Brisbane
CCR Brisbane Centre, previously known as House of Prayer Ephesus, is situated in the grounds of St John‘s Catholic Parish, on the corner of Nudgee and Fraser Roads, Northgate. This is the gathering place for CCR Brisbane, which is a Lay Catholic Charismatic Organisation, operating in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
This Centre is available for hire for Spiritual Formation of Christian Prayer, Scripture Sharing, Teaching and Retreat Days.
The Main Gathering Room is Air-Conditioned (Reverse Cycle) with P.A.System, Video player, Television, O. H. Projector, and White Board, making this area an excellent teaching space. An Organ and Piano are available for Praise/Worship/ Ministry.
A Prayer Room is situated next to the Gathering Room. This area includes seating for quiet reflection.
There is a small Library and Resource area. There is no cost for borrowing these books and books can be borrowed on an honour basis. Just register your details in the book provided, and then return at a later date.
Kitchen Facilities include a Refrigerator, Microwave Oven, and Stove, with cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. There is a large eating area. All meals are BYO.
Toilet Facilities are on site.