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Keeping rural parishes alive

Fr Jason Middleton

FATHER Jason Middleton was driving on a dirt road with a mobile phone that teased: “No service”. He was heading to a cattle property on the remotest stretch of the Brisbane archdiocese. Roads of dirt, cattle grids and not one bar of mobile phone reception. From the property, Fr Jason would see the unremarkable point where the Brisbane, Rockhampton and ... Read More »

Q&A with Sr Thao Nguyen

Q&A with Sister Thao

Sr Thao Nguyen Born in Vietnam, Sr Thao grew up as a teenager in Australia, which fashioned her adventurous mind. By the age of 23, she came to the Canossian convent to test out her vocation. Four years later, she took her first Religious Vows. This year marks 20 years since Sr Thao put her feet on Canossian ground. She ... Read More »

Helping children to pray

Training children

MOTHERS at a parish in Bundaberg have welcomed new faces into the community’s first catechesis centre for children this week. Known as The Atrium of the Good Shepherd, which uses principles from educator Maria Montessori, the mothers will work together to foster the spiritual and physical needs of children in the parish. We asked the new catechists at The Catholic ... Read More »

Dr Ken Levy – Humble servant farewelled

Dr Ken Levy

This is an extract of a eulogy given by Clare Schwantes at the funeral Mass of her father Dr Ken Levy at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Coorparoo on January 25. He died in Brisbane on January 20. UNTIL a couple of days ago, we had decided there wasn’t going to be a eulogy (or words of remembrance) for ... Read More »

From PNG to Poland

From PNG to Poland

By Mark Bowling BRISBANE teacher and missionary Sarah Bunting believes her love of the Church and the words of Pope Francis are guiding her next big challenge. She has started raising money to send 15 youths from Alotau in Papua New Guinea to World Youth Day in Poland in July. Two years ago Sarah, a woman with a zest for ... Read More »

We can help them

Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt

By Mark Bowling   THE High Court ruling that offshore detention is lawful, has sparked Australia-wide protests and galvanised Church and community support for asylum seekers. In Brisbane, several hundred people rallied outside St John’s Cathedral on February 8, while more than 400 people crowded the entrance to the Department of Immigration offices on February 5 to condemn the Federal ... Read More »

Q&A with Deacon Adam Crouch

Deacon Adam Crouch

Before joining the Missionaries of God’s Love Deacon Adam Crouch, 36 was a carpenter and captain of the footy team. Now he’s six months away from being ordained a priest. While his journey hasn’t always been easy: battling brain cancer, depression and study – some things haven’t changed, namely his knowledge that God loves, a desire to help, and a ... Read More »

Stanthorpe community remembers young girl killed in farming accident

Sophie Gasparin

JOHN Gasparin has an old pair of work boots that are hard to part with.  His eldest daughter Sophie would use them to “slip outside to the animals”.  Genevieve, 9, said her elder sister’s morning routine included “feeding the guinea pigs, dogs and cats” on their property in Stanthorpe, on the Granite Belt in Toowoomba diocese. Tiffany, 5, remembered her ... Read More »

Safeguarding Manager – Diocese of Rockhampton

The Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton is seeking a Safeguarding Manager to lead the implementation of the Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy across the Diocese and in all parishes. The role will hold a pivotal leadership and operational responsibility ensuring compliance with the policy through the provision of training resources and the establishment and maintenance of quality control systems. It ... Read More »