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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 »

Gary and Natasha Pinto have a mutual passion for music and a shared devotion to God

THERE’S divine symmetry between Gary and Natasha Pinto. His name is synonymous with Australian Idol winner and Christian musician Guy Sebastian, together producing the World Youth Day 2008 theme song Receive the Power, and “a few hundred” songs under his musical belt over two decades. Her name as a musician and singer stands tall in its own right with a ... Read More »

Fr Rob Galea is reaching out to students and teachers in his own faith-inspiring way

HE’S been front-and-centre for thousands of young people, ready and willing to unpack the depth of the Word of God, rarely standing still to do so. He’s filmed popular YouTube videos using drones and up-close-and-personal accounts of his dynamic ministry here and abroad as a priest of Sandhurst diocese, Victoria, leader of the Stronger Youth movement, musician, author and self-confessed ... Read More »

Responding to God’s gentle voice, Sr Teresa makes her first profession as a Verbum Dei Missionary

WITH conviction her life belongs to God, Teresa Gasparin embraced her profession of temporal (or first) vows as a Verbum Dei Missionary Sister on August 4 at the Isle of Wight, England. The Catholic Leader traced the former Stanthorpe parishioner’s journey towards formal discernment just over two years ago, as she farewelled close family and a supportive parish community, to ... Read More »

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