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Rocky’s bishop clocks up the ks to meet CQ flock

Bishop Michael McCarthy at Our Lady’s Longreach with principal David Paul, front, students and Fr Mathew Maloney in the background.
Bishop Michael McCarthy at Our Lady’s Longreach with principal David Paul, front, students and Fr Mathew Maloney in the background. Contributed

IT meant travelling hundreds of kilometres, but new Catholic Bishop Michael McCarthy has given a message of support to those affected by drought.

The Bishop of the Rockhampton diocese wasted no time after his ordination last month to visit the remote towns of Barcaldine, Longreach, Blackall, Emerald and Springsure over the past two weeks.

He met with farmers in a bid to give them hope during the drought.

Bishop McCarthy said after meeting with a country family in the west, he could see how the drought had been a great stress on them.

"Families have to move their sheep and cattle to keep them alive; while the other big issue is wild dog packs out west that are knocking around the sheep," Bishop McCarthy said.

And he knows all too well the struggles that drought has on farmers, having grown up dealing with drought on a property in the Eastern Downs.

"This trip out west has been a life experience, but the locals have their spirits up," Bishop McCarthy said.

"Farmers are a resilient group of people, but you can see the struggles on their faces."

Bishop McCarthy was grateful he had the chance to be among the communities out west, and has sent plenty of prayers their way for rain.

Topics:  bishop, catholic, michael mccarthy




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