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Glaswegian doctor behind bionic heart inspires Catholic professionals

Dr John Fraser

BRISBANE-based Professor John Fraser has published more than 200 academic papers and his medical research includes multi-million dollar projects including the development of a ground-breaking bionic heart. Some of his research ideas and collaborations across Asia and North America are pushing the boundaries of medical science with the promise of saving countless lives. His medical work has also taken him on many humanitarian ... Read More »

Q&A with Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

Cardinal Schonborn

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn says Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia is a great catechesis on marital and familial love. In an interview following the widely-anticipated document’s presentation in the Vatican, the Archbishop of Vienna spoke on the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the joy of love in the family and his conviction that pastors can use this document to help families. The Austrian ... Read More »

Springfield’s new church is “for everyone”

Hard Hats

ACROSS the shimmering, new suburban rooves of Springfield Lakes, a church on the hill is taking shape as beacon for a rapidly growing community.The concrete slab has been poured at the Our Lady of the Southern Cross, and work is progressing at a fast pace.Wearing a hard hat and hi-visibility vest, parish priest Fr Mauro Conte was brimming with enthusiasm ... Read More »

Gemma Sisia: “I wanted to build a free private school in Africa”

Gemma Sisia and Dorice Livingston

TANZANIAN children line up in the thousands for a rigorous test to get them inside the School of St Jude. The school’s founder, Armidale-born Gemma Sisia, rounds up the number of children who took the test last year to 7000. Last November, shortly after Gemma turned 44, the School of St Jude said goodbye to their first graduating Year 12 ... Read More »

Q&A with Anne-Marie Westby

Anne-Marie Westby classroom

Anne-Marie Westby is a Year 2 teacher at St Ita’s Primary School, Dutton Park, and since September she has taken on the responsibility as the Summer Surf Girl representative at Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club, North Stradbroke Island, raising vital funds.  Q. Did you always want to go into teaching?  A: No, I think originally I wanted to be ... Read More »

Confessions of a prejudiced Protestant

Eucharist

I was born and raised a Protestant (Pentecostal variety). I was taught the Bible at church, I read it at home and memorised it at my Christian school. For this I have no regrets. I am thankful for of my scriptural knowledge; it really has been ‘a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ (Psalm 119:105). What ... Read More »

Married and ordained: The journey to becoming a permanent deacon

Ortiz Family

They’re married men who feel called to serve the Catholic Church as members of the clergy. Meet three Brisbane men training to become permanents deacons, and the wives praying by their side. Taking a leap of faith  IVAN and Liliana Ortiz are wrestling with nine-month-old son Jacob in a side chapel at St Finbarr’s, Ashgrove. The church is the new home ... Read More »

Ten questions about Amoris Laetitia with Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Restoring marriage

What is God’s plan for the family, how does the Church support couples in crisis, and what should be the role of priests regarding failing marriages?  Archbishop Mark Coleridge has answered 10 questions about the apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”). 1. Pope Francis writes eloquently about how forming a family means being part of God’s dream, joining ... Read More »

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