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Former judge who served as Commissioner for NT Royal Commission to lead QCEC

Margaret White

DISTINGUISHED former judge and law lecturer Margaret White is to be the new chair of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission from next month. The first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Queensland, Mrs White retired from the bench in 2013, then in 2016 took on the high-profile role of Commissioner in the Royal Commission into the Protection and ... Read More »

ACU going strong despite cuts to eleven Brisbane-based courses

Dr Stephen Weller

DR Stephen Weller is upbeat about the rapid growth of Australian Catholic University, and particularly its Brisbane campus at Banyo, despite the axing of dozens of courses before the start of the year. “There were a number of prospective students who were disgruntled at our decision to cancel a course they had applied for – no question,” ACU’s deputy vice-chancellor ... Read More »

Departing Capuchin pastor wants more lay leadership

Capuchin Fathers Severino Bustamante and Fr John Spiteri

CAPUCHIN Father John Spiteri has kind words for the members Wynnum’s Guardian Angels Parish, as he departs after six years to take up a new mission in Melbourne. “This is a warm hearted parish, generous to a fault, and they’ve been very patient with me. They’ve put up with my antics,” he said. “I learnt a lot. I had a ... Read More »

Australian Catholics asked to spend first three days of Lent in fasting and reparation for child sexual abuse victims

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CATHOLICS across Brisbane archdiocese are being called to join in three days of fasting and reparation at the start of Lent for the victims of child sexual abuse. “Through fasting, we stand in solidarity with the victims of abuse whose much deeper hunger is for healing and peace in their lives,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said, coinciding with a joint ... Read More »

Vinnies, Salvos seeing drop in donations because of popular online marketplace

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LEADING charities have seen a drop in donations because of the rise of online sites where consumers are buying, selling and swapping household goods. Charities including Vinnies and the Salvos find themselves in competition with apps, and selling websites have made it easy to earn fast cash. People now have the option to upload an item online and potentially have ... Read More »

Religious instructors prepare for another year of delivering the message of Christ in Queensland classrooms

Religious Instructor Amy Hollier

AT the Catalyst Church, at Brassall near Ipswich, 106 religious instructors and assistants gather for training to prepare for their 2018 instructing in state schools. Similar training sessions are happening in centres across Queensland as an army of volunteers – from every denomination – take on the task of delivering the message of Jesus in the classroom. “It’s very satisfying, ... Read More »

ABC veteran Sean Dorney tackles life with motor neurone disease

Sean Dorney

ON a recent family trip to Caloundra, acclaimed foreign correspondent Sean Dorney shuffled down the beach to the surf, assisted by his wife and daughter, unable to raise his legs more than a few centimetres above the sand. “If you are walking behind me the tracks look as if a turtle has been scraping through the sand,” Mr Dorney said. ... Read More »

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