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Former homeless man honoured by Brisbane city

Grant Richards

BRISBANE city’s mayor honoured Catholic community awards recipient and former homeless man Grant Richards on Australia Day. Mr Richards received one of 15 honours from Lord Mayor Graham Quirk for his work with the city’s homeless. Known as “Grant – The Polite Guy”, Mr Richards began working with the city’s suffering when he lost his home and family for 18 ... Read More »

No back to school blues for the Yates’

Back to school

IT’S January – that time of year when the focus turns to all things school-related – new school shoes, clean uniforms and making lunches, perhaps even some nerves. For Year 2 student Nathaniel Yates from St Agnes Primary School in Mount Gravatt, the start of the school year is a bit more exciting with younger brother Joseph starting Prep. “Joseph ... Read More »

World famous ballerina knew she would turn 100

Elsie Seguss

BALLET superstar Elsie Seguss has always known she’d live to see her 100th birthday. When the candles came out on a decadent chocolate cake on Friday, January 22, she was barely surprised. “What I want to do, I usually do,” Miss Seguss said. “I don’t give in to things much.” As well as the desire to live as long as ... Read More »

Meet the 35 Catholics honoured on Australia Day

THIRTY-FIVE Catholic lay and religious and clergy have been honoured on Australia Day, including bioethics legend, the late Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, who has been appointed an officer of the Order of Australia. The esteemed group of inspirational Catholics were among 604 Australians recognised for their contributions and service to fellow citizens in Australia and internationally. They join more than 40,000 women ... Read More »

How a cathedral pulled this young man out of depression

Joe Grogan

JOE Grogan believes film and communications play a large part in the new evangelisation of his beloved Catholic faith. “We live in the information age and within this age the potential for communications, film and screen media is boundless to engage open minds and open hearts towards love, mercy and faith,” he said. Originally born in Kiribati to an Australian Catholic missionary father and Kiribati-born mother, Joe’s early life was ... Read More »

Share house from heaven

Dorothy Day House

LIVING below the poverty line is actively encouraged in Rebekah Dowling’s household. The 23-year-old university student is one of seven housemates, including two of her brothers, who have chosen to live “voluntary poverty” in a Christian community in Greenslopes. “I feel it’s the way Jesus wants us to live,” Miss Dowling said. The daughter of West End Catholic Worker Movement ... Read More »

Hindu-born refugee’s final wish before dying: ‘I want to be a Catholic’

Becoming a Catholic

POPE Francis in a new book says “we touch the flesh of Christ” in those who suffer, and Dominican Father Pan Jordan believes he has had that experience through one of Brisbane’s newest Catholics. “We are called to serve Christ the crucified through every marginalised person,” the Pope said in the book The Name of God is Mercy. “We touch ... Read More »

Locking in love for the Year of Mercy

Catholic love lock

MARRIAGE is on the horizon for Adam Burns and there’s a third person he’d like to publicly thank before tying the knot. Mr Burns will place a heart-shaped padlock on Brisbane’s newest love-lock sculpture situated outside St Stephen’s Cathedral with fiancé Jade Henkes as a sign of their love for each other and the third person in their relationship – ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics add voice to national youth council

Youth council

TWO young Catholics from Brisbane have been chosen to work with the Australia’s bishops to “get a pulse” on issues and trends affecting young people. Brisbane Maronite community youth leader Shawn Torbey and St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state youth manager Cassandra Bull are among the four young Catholics picked for an advisory council to the Australian bishops. David ... Read More »