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Broken Bay youth leader to help plan WYD, Synod in Rome says young Australians want “a say in the vision of the Church”

Ashleigh Green

LEADERS from across the world will hear the hopes and desires of Australian youth when two delegates fly to Rome next month. Young woman Ashleigh Green, of Broken Bay diocese, and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Office for Youth director Malcolm Hart will represent Australia at an international meeting to discuss, ... Read More »

Hundreds are waiting to become Catholic at Easter Vigil Masses across Brisbane

Brisbane Catechumens

CATHOLICS around the globe are waiting in anticipation to break their 40 days of fasting at Easter but more than 100 people in Brisbane have greater reason to celebrate Christ’s resurrection this year. This year, 108 people living in the Brisbane archdiocese will receive the three sacraments of initiation – ... Read More »

Brisbane teacher helps classroom partner deliver baby girl in emergency home birth

Teacher and mother with baby

PREP teacher Letitia O’Loan has a show-and-tell story that’s hard to top. Hours before the first day of school this year, Mrs O’Loan was on the phone to paramedics to perform an emergency home delivery of teaching partner Megan Schultz’s second child. The pair job-shared a Prep classroom at St ... Read More »

Year 12 Catholic schoolgirl with Down Syndrome to speak at the United Nations

Year 12 student with Down Syndrome Olivia Hargroder

GIVING up has never been Olivia Hargroder’s style. When the 18-year-old was born, doctors told her parents Kerry and Mark Hargroder that their daughter would never learn to talk because she was born with Down Syndrome. The Southern Cross Catholic College Year 12 student defied the odds when she addressed ... Read More »

Stafford parish leads discussion on northside hospital’s expensive parking rates

Parking rates at Prince Charles Hospital

FINDING a parking spot at the Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, has proven easier for members of a Brisbane parish than shouldering the burden of the ticket price. Members of the neighbouring Stafford Catholic parish, including parish priest Fr Denis Scanlan, have called for changes to the cost of parking at ... Read More »

Centacare Cairns director Anita Vetivers named one of Queensland’s most influential women in community services

Anita Veivers

COMMUNITY services sector expert Anita Veivers has put Cairns on the map after being named one of Queensland’s most influential women in the field. The Centacare Cairns executive director is one of five Queensland women leading the community services industry who will be profiled in a blog with the Community ... Read More »

International Women’s Day: How a javelin star-turned-nun is empowering women around the globe

Sr Mel Dwyer with Malawi students

WATCHING young African girls fight gender inequality to become strong career women in one of the world’s poorest countries has shown a former athlete the power of the feminine genius. Canossian Sister Mel Dwyer, a former nationally-ranked javelin thrower who gave up a chance to be at the Sydney 2000 Olympics ... Read More »

Macbooks, monks and martyrs – the blogging Benedictine priest

“THERE are Benedictines, and then there are Benedictines.” Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman believes he is the latter. “The English Benedictines are probably not known as being the most austere Benedictines and that, indeed, other monks have a nasty joke that EBC (English Benedictine Congregation) means Every Bodily Comfort,” Fr Hugh said. ... Read More »

Parents of transgender woman share their emotional journey

CATHOLIC parents Teresa and Bill* discovered the unconditional love they had for their children when their son told them 17 years ago he could no longer live as a man. Six months earlier, Bill, a retired GP and Billings natural family planning practitioner, had taken a course on medical ethics ... Read More »

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