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Irish priest has received more love in Brisbane than anywhere in the world

Fr Pat Doran

“ONE day we buried twelve children …” – victims of war and famine, and as Fr Pat Doran thinks of them almost 60 years later the memories come flooding back, and so do the tears. Those children and thousands like them are close to the heart of the Holy Spirit Father nearing retirement from his Brisbane parish. In the little ... Read More »

Tennis coach Brian Hudson’s game is on song

Brian Hudson

LIFE-long professional tennis coach Brian Hudson, now 84, casts his eye over the list of players at the Australian Open 2018 and there’s one who stands out as someone he’d love to take under his wing. Brian has coached thousands of players of all standards over decades, helping several to the top of the tree, so he knows what it ... Read More »

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 »

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