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Singing of God’s goodness – Order of Australia recipient Carmela Bozzi humbled by the accolade

OVERCOME by a “handsome young man from Australia” in 1977, in her hometown of Bitonto, Bari, on the Adriatic Sea in southern Italy, Carmela Bozzi awaited her God-given destiny.  God’s plans were magnified recently with her reception of an Order of Australia Medal “for services to the Italian community” of Brisbane.  It’s not the accolade Carmela wishes to highlight however, ... Read More »

Townsville children’s author Ian McIntosh trusts in God’s plan and discusses his unique morning routine

THERE’S “five things” Ian McIntosh credits in his early morning routine as keys to productivity and contentment.  “I pray and while I pray, I walk,” the Townsville author said. “(And) as I walk, I thank God for things, I’m big on gratitude.”  Ian said early morning prayer, walking and gratitude are combined with listening and reading.  “I listen to something ... Read More »

‘I will forever thank God for Sebastian, the biggest blessing my life’, Mum Sheridan Potter says

SHERIDAN Potter dreams of a “non-judgemental” Church where “education and understanding” are key to acceptance for all with special needs.  Mum to Sebastian, 8, who has Joubert Syndrome (JS) – a growth-stumping genetic condition occurring in one in 80,000 to 100,000 – has experienced her share of negativity and is more than ready and willing to do something about it.  ... Read More »

‘I wake and thank God for the new day and my faith’, Bernice Steele says prayer knows no bounds

LIFE’S fragility was crystal clear to Bernice Steele on her first Mother’s Day 40 years ago.  “I didn’t know if I’d live or die,” she said, recalling hospitalisation for the removal of a malignant melanoma.  “Back in those days, there wasn’t the awareness there is today (about skin cancer),” Bernice said.  “Our son was only weeks old when I went ... Read More »

Three Saints celebration kindles faith, family and Italian culture in a colourful Brisbane festival

FAITH in God, family tradition and community spirit coloured this year’s Three Saints Brisbane gathering, traditionally held on the first Sunday in May in Lutwyche parish. An estimated 2000 people attended the May 5 celebration honouring God’s power through the intercession of brothers Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino, martyred for the faith in Sicily, Italy, in 253AD.  Three Saints Brisbane committee ... Read More »

Seeking the Divine Mercy of God in the suburbs, Eileen Hearn wants to share the joy of life with all

EILEEN Hearn answers the phone around 3pm, if it happens to ring, but she doesn’t linger.  “We’re saying our prayers,” she said to several callers within a brief time frame on Holy Thursday afternoon. “Can you call back?”  The 80-year-old devotee of the Divine Mercy chaplet was light-hearted for the interruption.  “Most people know that Ken and I pray at ... Read More »

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 »

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