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Five newly-married 20-somethings share of God’s plan for their discernment, marriage and ‘home’

WHEN Brisbane’s Bethany Keady wed Dan Bottesini last December, in a spirited Nuptial Mass and wedding reception, their immense joy couldn’t have been bottled.  Prompted to share of the pull towards a marriage vocation, the newly-crowned Mrs Bottesini was quick to relate the shared joy, evident in many young couples around them. Their collective witness to the blessings of commitment ... Read More »

Laughter is key – talented musician’s past fuels her faith-driven future, helping people twice her age

AFTER career changes and even a time of voluntary ministry, reliant on God’s providence to make ends meet, Helena Montegrande has found her niche.  The 39-year-old Petrie parishioner “finds great joy” in working with people almost twice her age.  “I just love it,” Helena said of full time work within Italian welfare.  “I love bringing a smile to their faces ... Read More »

Intentional parenting in the way of God, how nine brothers and sisters become ‘the best of friends’

PERHAPS it’s the formula of the absence of a television screen, one stereo in the living room and school-related computer access only. Perhaps it’s the fervent commitment to Catholic traditions and the pursuit of prayerfully following the will of God.  Or it could well be the unwavering dedication to the nine children within their household and the further four entrusted ... Read More »

God’s a constant messenger – how one young man’s dream changed from action hero to seminarian

WHAT he described as “text messages from God” was part of Mick Greathead’s discernment to officially enter Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary, Banyo, last month.  The 20-year-old, raised a stone’s throw from his new surroundings among 22 other seminarians, said God often prompted a priestly vocation from his mid-teens, but it wasn’t always a shared mindset.  “As a teenager, I’d go ... Read More »

Perpetual adoration unlocks the grace and opens the ears of young men to hear the call

PERPETUAL Adoration in Banyo Nundah parish was credited for the parish’s “highest tally” of current and incoming seminarians.  Banyo Nundah parish priest Fr Bernie Gallagher was given the accolade at the conclusion of last Sunday’s Commencement Mass for Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary at Banyo, in Brisbane.  Fr Gallagher said seminary rector Monsignor John Grace could count all seminarians, not only ... Read More »

Teenagers teach their mum and dad new ways to encounter and express their faith

“CHURCH widow” is an identity Jacinta Coman has lived. She recalled being the “sole driving force for faith” within her immediate family, but has long dusted off the tag, as today the mother-of-three- teenager’s reality is quite the contrary. Earlier this month, Jacinta’s husband of 22 years, Mark, and their children, Zac, 19, Abbey, 18, and Georgia, 15, together attended ... Read More »

Indigenous schoolboy from Normanton joins alumni at Shorncliffe’s St Patrick’s College

WHEN Antoine Callope Tucker stepped into the grounds of St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe, his new black leather shoes weren’t the only discomfort. It was 2013 and the Year 8 student was somewhat bothered by his well-pressed dress shirt and tie. But the greatest contrast to his former schooling in Normanton, near the Gulf of Carpentaria, was the northern Brisbane college’s ... Read More »

Fr Ray Kearney fondly remembered by those who worked with him over the years

IT was a conversation in the priest’s carport in Sunnybank parish, on Brisbane’s southside, that changed the trajectory of my life. The then parish priest and my former employer Fr Ray Kearney, who died on October 29, spoke candidly of how he saw a difficult decision that lay ahead of me. “God doesn’t want this for your life, Selina,” I ... Read More »

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