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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 »

Youth outreach to go far beyond Brisbane for Ignite Conference in 2019

THE “dream to expand” Ignite Youth has become a reality. This weekend at Ignite Conference in Brisbane archdiocese, more than 1500 participants and supporters welcomed the announcement of a second conference to align with Ignite Youth’s national “flagship event”. From 2019, Ignite Conference will expand into Sydney archdiocese, answering the need to house a “bursting at the seams” crowd. “We’re ... Read More »

Brisbane author Roger L’Huillier forever changed by God’s grace and mercy

ROGER L’Huillier can’t be forgiven for forgetting his wedding anniversary. His forward-thinking wife Joan was clever enough to coincide their November 4, 1967, nuptials with Roger’s birthday. “Joan picked the date so that I’d have no excuses in remembering our anniversary,” the Brisbane Catholic and author of two faith-based books said. Born in Melbourne, Roger reflected on his good fortune ... Read More »

Brisbane entertainer sees God’s hand in his good fortune

Fortunata Isgro

HIS name literally means “fortunate” and 35 year-old entertainer Fortunato Isgro sees himself as exactly that. In reality however, Brisbane-based Fortunato can’t actually “see” himself with the same type of 20-20-vision that most take for granted. Fortunato was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, or RP, a rare condition where the eye’s normal retina function is compromised, deteriorates and sometimes causes blindness. ... Read More »

Mothers who tragically lost their sons bond over support group for grieving parents

grieving mothers

IT’S a standard question: “How many children do you have?” Sue Fleming and Nicolette Kloppers, who live in Stanthorpe, in Toowoomba diocese, are mothers who answer with certainty although it can be “an awkward question”. “People say, ‘How many kids have you got?’ and I always say, ‘I have four’,” Sue said. “I say their names and ages but then ... Read More »

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