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Mater to farewell CEO Dr John O’Donnell

JUST two weeks out from stepping down as Brisbane Mater Health Services chief executive officer, it’s surprising that Dr John O’Donnell has given little thought to the “l” word. “My legacy?” he said when asked what his 14 years at the helm of the iconic hospital would leave behind. “Yes, I’ll certainly have to make up my mind how to ... Read More »

Order helping the homeless

WHEN Judge Michael Rackemann hands out coats to the homeless there are no judgements attached. “Anyone can finish up living on the streets,” the Brisbane District Court judge said. “It is heartening as I walk around Brisbane to see, from time to time, people making good use of the coats. “But to be perfectly frank, I find that in this ... Read More »

True Aussie diamond celebrates jubilee year

By Paul Dobbyn DIAMOND jubilarian Fr Ivan Hernon (pictured) had a very special guest to a celebration luncheon and home Mass at Scarborough recently – an old friend who had served at the priest’s first Mass at Coorparoo 60 years ago. The retired Cairns diocesan priest and his mate Alf Roughan, of Mitchelton, enjoyed reminiscing on that first Mass at the ... Read More »

Parishioner tells of wife’s ordeal

By Paul Dobbyn GERARD Ndagijimana, a parishioner of St Paul’s, Woodridge, had an alarming story to share with a gathering about community safety in Logan last week. The Logan Assembly, organised by the Queensland Community Alliance (QCA) and strongly supported by the local Catholic community, was held on July 7 at Crestmead’s St Francis College. Mr Ndagijimana said his wife ... Read More »

A place to belong

By Paul Dobbyn LORRAINE Abel was determined her daughter with Down syndrome would never become a young woman in an aged-care facility if she could no longer care for her. Together with other equally determined Townsville parents, Mrs Abel, under the guidance of Gwenyth Cutler, fought a 20-year battle to find a permanent home for their daughters. Almost five years ... Read More »

Wife is top of the list

By Paul Dobbyn MUCH can be learnt about Queensland’s newest Supreme Court judge, John Bond by reading his swearing-in ceremony speech delivered in March this year. There’s his unabashed recognition of his wife Rowena McNally “without whose love and support I would be nothing … I thank God every day for her presence in my life”. Then there’s his gratitude ... Read More »

Dialogue must continue

prisoner's hands through fence

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIA’S border protection policy is adding to the misery of “our brothers and sisters”. “As the Catholic Church, we need to think carefully about how we engage with the Government’s policies,” Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office director Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said. “People are publicly manifesting their disapproval of what takes place in detention facilities and ... Read More »

Assembly celebrates Indigenous faith

Assembly attendees: Murri Ministry members (from left) Ravina Waldren, David Miller, Bernadette Jeffrey and Josephite Sister Kay McPadden were among Brisbane representatives at the NATSICC Assembly.

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIAN Catholics have good reason to be interested in outcomes from Darwin’s recent National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) Assembly. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics, numbering over 120,000, are the youngest and fastest-growing group within the Catholic Church in Australia,” Centacare Murri Ministry co-ordinator Ravina Waldren said. “When I attended the assembly, I ... Read More »

Thanks, Minister

By Paul Dobbyn THREE Townsville Catholics in a battle with the Immigration Department to stay in Australia are smiling with relief ­– and fellow parishioners are offering prayers of thanks – following ministerial intervention to stop their deportations. Townsville Hospital nurse Maria Sevilla and her 10-year-old son Tyrone celebrated becoming permanent residents of Australia at a morning tea after Mass ... Read More »

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