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Ex-truckie supporting two brothers with Huntington’s Disease brought to tears after watching Pope Francis’ audience with HD sufferers

Peter O'Leary

ROLLING down the highways of western Queensland, former truckie Peter O’Leary could well have had the hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother blaring out on his radio and he would’ve sung along with gusto. Today, that same song could well be his anthem. The difference is that he’s not singing it but living it. Two of his brothers have ... Read More »

‘Every day there is news of people dying’: Brisbane South Sudanese community feeling pain of the famine crisis from afar

South Sudanese famine

FOR Fr Stephen Kumyangi and his Brisbane community the war and famine crisis engulfing South Sudan is deeply personal – they have mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews stuck in the middle of it. Fr Kumyangi, who is chaplain to Brisbane’s St Bakhita Sudanese Community and associate pastor at Upper Mt Gravatt-Wishart parish, was in Uganda a few weeks ... Read More »

Country spirit rises from ashes of NSW fires

MICHAEL Quade knows well how people in small country towns stick together in tough times, and he’s being reminded again as his school community rallies to support a young family whose house was destroyed by recent bushfires. Mr Quade is acting principal at Sacred Heart Primary School in Coolah, one of the communities that bore the brunt of bushfires that ... Read More »

Frank Hennessy just keeps on ‘giving back’, even in retirement

WHENEVER Frank Hennessy lets people know about his jail time they can’t hide their shock. It’s totally at odds with the Frank they know – contented retiree, former Catholic primary school principal and a leader in his profession. “It’s interesting. From time to time you’re out with a group of friends and something comes up, and I just sort of ... Read More »

Camp Hill parish priest retiring but still wants to minister to the people

Fr Peter Casey

FR Peter Casey, a priest for 47 years, is retiring as a parish priest but he’s not about to put his feet up. Any mention of the word “retirement” is met with friendly correction. “No – not retirement – lesser duties,” he said from his parish office at Camp Hill in Brisbane. “Through the Clergy Support office I’ll be available ... Read More »

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