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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 »

Michael Hutchinson’s invitation of a lifetime

Michael Hutchinson

MICHAEL Hutchinson remembers a weekend in 1980 as a turning point in his life. Apart from meeting his wife Sue and the birth of their daughters Kate and Sophie, there are not too many times that have had such lasting impact. “I’m very thankful to my sister (Maree) for inviting me to come to that celebration,” Michael said as he ... Read More »

Retiring midwife shares privilege of being with others for moments of life and death

Beth and Samantha

MIDWIFE Beth Burt has been at countless births over more than three decades, but she’s also seen many deaths, and she feels privileged about every one of those experiences. Finishing up at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital after more than 37 years and heading towards retirement, she’s been thinking back over those times with gratitude. “We (midwives) always say – and I ... Read More »

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