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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 »

Brisbane man German Silva giving thanks to God for the gift of his friend St Oscar Romero

“A DREAM fulfilled” was how Brisbane’s German Silva described the canonisation of his friend and spiritual father St Oscar Romero last Sunday in St Peter’s Square, Rome. The Sunnybank parishioner expressed intense emotion and connectedness to his Salvadoran hometown, its people and their irreplaceable spiritual leader. Mr Silva was among an estimated 70,000 people in Rome to witness the historic ... Read More »

Brisbane man to remember ‘spiritual father’ Archbishop Oscar Romero at canonisation

WHEN Brisbane’s German Silva attends this weekend’s canonisation of El Salvador’s first saint Archbishop Oscar Romero, in Rome, he will remember “a spiritual father” who offered “many key messages” throughout their five-year friendship. As a teenage catechist, Mr Silva was influenced by Archbishop Romero’s humility. “I’ll never forget Monsignor Romero said catechists must respect the teachings of the Church, as ... Read More »

Emptiness leads to the fullness of God at Brisbane’s Ignite Conference in 2018

THEY filled travel bags, buses and cars, excitedly waiting for Brisbane archdiocese’s national Catholic youth event, Ignite conference, to begin on the first Thursday of the September school holidays. The arrival of up to 1500 young people was akin to the anticipation before a sold-out performance of an international artist. But this was no performance, and front and centre was ... Read More »

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