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90-year-old Graham Joyner a true ‘Catholic gentleman’

Graham Joyner

GRAHAM Joyner has always been fascinated by the past. As a child he used to wonder about the ornaments around the family house, but as he said, the children were told to play outside. These days, Mr Joyner pursues his family’s history through letters, ledgers and portraits with a passion for uncovering lost ancestors and their life stories. It would ... Read More »

Australian Catholic heritage in safe hands with diocesan archivists

Diocesan archivists in Townsville

IN an age of instant gratification and short-sighted social media, the idea of preserving old books and artefacts might seem out of place, but it has been the aim of Australian Catholic diocesan archivists for decades – and for good reason. These archivists came from around the country to meet in Townsville for the 16th annual National Conference of Catholic ... Read More »

Where big banks and Catholics can agree

money

READING beyond the headlines of the scandals in the banking Royal Commission won’t necessarily improve your water-cooler conversation, but it might bring you to a common ground with an uncomfortable ally. Headline after headline has been printed about Aussie Battlers down on their luck, QCs ripping in to them and fat cats wiping away crocodile tears on their golden parachutes. ... Read More »

Irish priest who came to Australia by boat in 1953 turning 90

Fr Tom Keegan

“THOUGH 12,000 miles (19,300km) may divide us my thoughts will constantly fly back to the old folks at home,” Fr Tom Keegan wrote in November 1953 aboard the ship Otranto while he was steaming out to Australia from his home in Ireland. Memories from Fr Keegan’s life came back to life as his friends and family prepared for his 90th ... Read More »

Story Dog Archie boosts Catholic schoolboys’ reading and writing skills

Archie and Ambrose Treacy College boys

STORIES have come to life in Brisbane teacher Alicia Madigan’s Year 5 class with the addition of a new reading buddy – a furry friend named Archie. Archie is a four-year-old cavalier King Charles spaniel who works in the Story Dogs program, a not-for-profit organisation that helps children to improve their literacy skills. Each Wednesday Archie puts on his extra-small ... Read More »

One giant leap for Padua men launched into international space design competition

Padua students and old boys

STUDENTS of the “space generation” gathered with their teachers, past competition winners and industry professionals to launch the 2018 Australian Space Design Competition at Padua College, Kedron. Boeing Defence Australia’s chief design engineer Stephen Hudson opened the event and told the students, “It is you who will venture farther than we ever have ventured before.” “It is you who will ... Read More »

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