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Brisbane’s newest deacon ‘fired up’ for his 58th Christmas

ANDREW O’Brien’s had 57 Christmases in his lifetime, but his 58th will be different – the Holy Spirit is making sure of that. Married and the father of three sons, he was ordained a permanent deacon for Brisbane archdiocese only last month so he and everyone around him are still getting used to that. He’s still the same Andrew but ... Read More »

How this 86-year-old priest went from being an atheist to evangelising the world

“HELLO, this is Jack,” Fr Jack Soulsby says in his rich, booming voice with an accent that likely springs from his Cornish beginnings. He’s answering the phone as he sits in hospital in Brisbane wracked with pain from illness that’s been with him for months. It’s his provincial Fr Bob Barber, of the Marist Fathers, on the line checking up ... Read More »

How God keeps surprising Paul and Christine Hodgkinson

Paul and Christine Hodgkinson

PAUL Hodgkinson, approaching 83 and aware it might be time to call it a day as a teacher, turned to God for guidance. He was bowled over by what happened next. He’d been a teacher in Christian Brothers schools all around Queensland and for the past 20 years has been a Religious Instruction volunteer in state schools near where he ... Read More »

Children bring faith back to the fore for Liz Kelly

“SOMETHING stirs within – perhaps a memory or a dormant yearning …” was the way Liz Kelly described her gradual turning back to church attendance in her adult life. She wrote the words in a poem she wrote last year at Foundations of Lay Pastoral Ministry course in Brisbane. Mrs Kelly, who is parish secretary at Sandgate-Brighton, wrote the poem ... Read More »

Aileen wants to spread the Word of God

AILEEN Nasalio is a young Catholic who has “re-connected” with the Church; now she wants to head for prison. The 20-year-old Brisbane woman is so fired with renewed faith that she would love to take the program that’s made such a difference for her and share it with prisoners. “I really want to let people in prisons know that God ... Read More »

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