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How a Rockhampton girl took theology to Rome

Tracey Rowland

AUSTRALIA’S most successful female theology export credits her flourishing career to a Mercy Sister who threatened to haunt her beyond the grave.  Professor Tracey Rowland, dean and permanent fellow at Australia’s own pontifical institute in Melbourne, received her tutelage under the Mercy Sisters in Ipswich and Rockhampton. Despite being “so often in trouble” with the sisters at St Mary’s College, ... Read More »

Anthony Young’s a natural winner

Anthony Young

SOUTH Brisbane’s favourite music teacher has been named one of Queensland’s most inspiring educators. St Laurence’s College music and English teacher and renowned music director Anthony Young received the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching award on World Teachers’ Day, October 30. More than 30 colleagues, school leaders and former students wrote letters to the QCT “praising his work”. ... Read More »

Manus teacher recalls asylum seekers’ despair

Former Manus Island teacher Jacob Rice

ASYLUM seekers on Manus Island have told one of their former English teachers they would prefer death than their indefinite sentence in detention.  Jacob Rice worked as a fly-in, fly-out maths and English teacher at the Manus Island immigration detention centre for nine months between December last year and August this year. “They tell me that they’re praying for death,” ... Read More »

Australia’s Oratory receives burst of youth

Seminarians for the Australian Oratory

YOUNG Catholic seminarians have almost outnumbered the priests making their home in Australia’s first Oratory. The Brisbane Oratory in Formation welcomed Brisbane men Matthew Buckley, now known as Br Peter, and Conor Power to the community in September. Br Peter is a qualified civil engineer, and was a former member of the University of Queensland’s Newman Society and helped start ... Read More »

Drug dealer turns life around

Former drug dealer changes life

KRISTIAN Rimene left a notorious life as a drug dealer to become a regular volunteer for one of Brisbane’s drop-in centres for the city’s vulnerable. Mr Rimene, a former security guard from Christchurch, New Zealand, moved to New South Wales in 2000, working for some of the Sydney’s most “influential people” in the clubbing scene. After moving to the Gold ... Read More »

Family out to save daughter from SUDEP

Young battler

NICKAYLA Winter’s dream job would be to “fix kids” who, like her, are at a high risk of death from epilepsy. The eight-year-old St Bernard’s Catholic School student is at risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), which affects one in a thousand people, and in Australia has resulted in about 300 deaths. Despite only attending school for half ... Read More »

Talisha’s taking the high road

By Emilie Ng IPSWICH’S rising netball star hasn’t graduated yet but she’s already planning a future helping indigenous people overcome shame and mental illnesses.  Talisha Thompson, a proud Aboriginal Year 12 student from St Peter Claver College, Riverview, and one of Queensland’s top indigenous netball players, has dreams of being a psychologist to help indigenous people. “My mum always said, ... Read More »

Rosies scores hot deal for homeless

A Young woman’s sharing of hugs to raise money for a Queensland Catholic charity moved an Australian packaging company to donate a year’s supply of coffee cups to the homeless. Jacqui Green gave out hugs while blindfolded at various Gold Coast locations for one week, with plans to raise $1000 to buy biodegradable hot cups for Catholic charity, Rosies. Rosies ... Read More »

Teachers strike over wages

CATHOLIC school teachers were due to have stopped work during the week as negotiations over increased wages and workload pressures remained at a stalemate. More than 6300 Catholic school union members in 177 schools across Queensland were to stop work for two hours on Thursday (October 22) between 11am and 1pm. The strike was organised through the Independent Education Union ... Read More »

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