THIS week we welcome Father Kevin Redmond back to Gladstone.
His first appointment with the Catholic Church was at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in 2005.
After a few years in a western suburbs parish in Melbourne, and an opportunity to teach in Sydney, the 39-year-old returns to a changed town.
"I've been driving around and there are whole new suburbs now," he exclaimed, adding that growth was obvious through the expansion of the airport's destinations.
He said the people had also changed, with many new families in town.
"Some stalwarts have been here for 20 years or longer, while some have left... it's much more multi-cultural now."
Working alongside Father Aliki Langi, Fr Kevin said the next few years would be interesting.
"Lots of people come here for work, and it's not always seen as home where families have traditional support," he said.
"People are doing very well for themselves, but some are also struggling... it will be interesting to see what happens next to Gladstone if the steam goes out."
He hoped to be ready to respond to that, and support the parish through those times.
"The church's greatest contact with families would be through our schools, an important part of the church's outreach," he said.
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