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Ignite Conference 2018: Reflections from a Ministry Partner

THE Sisters of the Immaculata are based in Tasmania. They were founded in 2008 through the desire for spiritual renewal in parishes. Each year they run a school of mission, a full time live in experience of mission for five months. This month they will be bringing a group of their sisters and missionaries to Ignite Conference 2018. This is ... Read More »

Ignite Conference 2018: Reflections from a high-schooler

I WAS encouraged to attend this year’s conference by friends who attended last year. They were extremely happy that they went last year, and I’ve been looking forward to attending this year’s conference since I heard about it last year. I’ve heard about all the interesting things they learnt at the conference last year and I’m excited to experience it ... Read More »

Music festivals have nothing on the splendour of World Youth Day

  WHILE some of us are reminiscing on the recent Splendour in the Grass festival last weekend, Brisbane Catholics are revving up for the biggest Catholic youth festival in the world, World Youth Day Panama. This year marks 10 years since Aussies welcomed Pope Benedict XVI on our shores for World Youth Day in Sydney. Like the experience of young ... Read More »

New digital service to assist seniors navigating aged care options

  ONE of Australia’s leading aged care and retirement living providers has launched a new website that aims to help seniors and their families understand and navigate the aged care industry. St Vincent’s Care Services launched its new website — www.svcs.org.au — on May 1, and said the design of the service has been inspired by senior Australians. St Vincent’s ... Read More »

Divine Mercy Sunday: A love story in Rome

Divine Mercy Sunday in Rome

Brisbane Catholic woman and teacher Ora Duffley shares what it’s like to be in St Peter’s Square with thousands of pilgrims from around the world for the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass with Pope Francis. The Mass was celebrated in Rome overnight.    A GLORIOUS morning dawned in Vatican City on April 8, the kind when one could not be anything ... Read More »

Local club that walks the highest peaks in Queensland turns 60

Catholic bushwalking club members Mervyn Galvin and Michele Endicott

SIXTY years ago on the slopes of Mt Tibrogargan, north of Brisbane, Fr William “Willie” Hayes gathered a group of enthusiastic trekkers and led them down the wild bush trails, on an adventure which would birth a club. Among them was a young man named Mervyn Galvin. Mr Galvin fondly recalled those first summer trips with the newly emerging Brisbane ... Read More »

Recognising the divine in each living person – without exception

precious life

I READ a terrifying story recently. It recounted the story of a couple who, rejoicing in the birth of their first-born child, learnt but a short while later that she suffered from a rare, terminal illness and that she was unlikely to live beyond her first year. As predicted, their daughter died when she was seven months old – she ... Read More »

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