Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Father Joe's Bad Break; Slip Up as Heprepares Forbig Funeral

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Father Joe's Bad Break; Slip Up as Heprepares Forbig Funeral

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom

SO, did you hear the one about the Catholic priest who didn't quite make it to a friend's funeral?

It's none other than our very own Maroochydore Parish Priest, Father Joe Duffy.

But how he landed up there is not a joke. He was going to the funeral, but ended up taking an unwanted trip.

Father Duffy was going to attend the funeral of Bishop Michael Putney in Townsville on April 7 when he slipped on the floor of his hotel bathroom, went "flying through the air" and put his foot out to stop himself from crashing into a wall and then he heard an ominous crack.

To make it worse, when Father Duffy noticed his "toes were facing the wrong direction". He went to straighten them and "heard another crack".

The end result was the 72-year-old priest, who had never broken a bone in his body, ended up with five broken bones in one go. …

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