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Queensland Catholic education leader on Gonski review panel

Gonski Catholic Panel Member

QUEENSLAND Catholic educational leader Dr Lee-Anne Perry has been applauded as a key appointment to the new Gonski 2.0 review panel that will advise the Federal Government on school funding in the next decade. “I want to contribute to the conversation around improving outcomes by bringing to the table the perspectives of Catholic schools and also my own experience as ... Read More »

Relationships educator warns of ignorance within Churches on pornography use among teens

Paul Ninnes

A PROMINENT Catholic relationships educator has warned that Christian churches are blind to the reality of the “porn pandemic” that is affecting young Queenslanders. Paul Ninnes, whose organisation Real Talk Australia sees more than 30,000 students in Catholic and state schools every year, said it was rare to meet teenagers who had not been exposed to pornography. “There’s huge ignorance ... Read More »

Townsville Mercy Sisters blessed with golden years

Mercy Sisters

THREE women religious from regional Queensland who entered the convent of the Mercy Sisters 50 years ago reunited to mark their golden jubilees. Mercy Sisters Carmel Ruddick, Cheryl Camp and Mary Lowcock were three of eight women who entered the Sisters of Mercy in early 1965. They came together to mark 50 years since they made their first professions on ... Read More »

Central Australia’s Arrernte people can now read the Bible in their own language

Arrernte aboriginal bibles

ABOUT 5000 central Australian Aborigines are now able to read the Bible in their own Arrernte language. “It’s a project that has taken more than twenty-five years,” Divine Word Missionaries Father Prakash Menezes, who is assistant priest at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Alice Springs, said. “Having their own language Bible allows people their own identity now. ... Read More »

Young Brisbane man Br Sebastian Condon makes first profession with Dominicans

Br Sebastian Condon keeling during his first profession

ORDINATION to the priesthood has come one step closer for former Brisbane seminarian Br Sebastian Condon who made his first profession with the Dominicans last month. Br Condon made his first profession on June 29 in Melbourne, following study in the novitiate for 12 months. The regular columnist for The Catholic Leader had previously discerned the possibility of becoming a ... Read More »

Australian Catholic religious congregations apologise for abuse at national assembly

Religious keynote speaker

A NATIONAL assembly of Australia’s Catholic religious congregations has included an apology for past abuse in schools and institutions, and a call to religious congregations to “be prophetic” and emerge from dark times with healing and hope. Keynote speaker, missionary and educator Sister of Notre Dame Mary Sujita urged 130 participants at the assembly in Melbourne from June 20-22 to ... Read More »

Dedicated parish nurse Sarah Dunlop a ‘safety net’ for vulnerable Catholics

Parish nurse Sarah Dunlop

IF there’s something strange with your health, who you gonna call? For parishioners at the Jubilee parish, they dial the “hotline” to parish nurse Sarah Dunlop. A former fashion designer who changed careers to become a nurse more than 15 years ago, Mrs Dunlop is the “safety net” ensuring parishioners don’t disappear from their radar, especially when it comes to ... Read More »

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