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Health scare leads Catholic school principal to new indigenous support role

Michael Nayler

AFTER surviving a brain aneurysm during Book Week celebrations last year, former Catholic school principal Michael Nayler has decided to spend the rest of his life supporting indigenous students in Queensland.    Mr Nayler is the newly appointed secretariat director of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF), which last year provided scholarships to 2290 indigenous students across ... Read More »

Western Sydney doctor to sail 15,000km solo to close indigenous literacy gap

Andrew Brazier

BOOKS are said to open doors to the world and the saying is especially true for self-taught sailor Andrew Brazier. The junior doctor, who studied at the University of Queensland, pursued sailing after reading the autobiography of Joshua Slocum, the first man to single-handedly sail around the world, and is now planning a solo voyage across the Pacific Ocean to ... Read More »

Goodna parish priest Fr Roger Burns retires from ‘best job in the world’

Fr Roger Burns

THIRTY years ago British migrant Fr Roger Burns never would have dreamed about retiring in Australia let alone as a Catholic priest. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in England’s north, Fr Burns had tried out a career as a shipyard engineer and then a teacher before being swept into a completely different vocation. “For seven years I ran away from the possibility ... Read More »

Catholic education leader urges parents to tackle bullying at home following Dolly Everett’s shock suicide

Dolly Everett

PARENTS sending their children back to school are being warned to spot early signs of bullying and know what steps to take if their child is being targetted online. Online harassment and youth suicide have made headlines this month after it was revealed 14-year-old Amy “Dolly” Everett, the “face” of the Akubra hat ad campaign, was the latest young Australian ... Read More »

Homeless Jesus statue finally finds a resting place

Homeless Jesus

AFTER nearly two years of ideas, discussions and negotiations, the Homeless Jesus statue that was commissioned for the Year of Mercy in 2016 has finally found a home in the grounds of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. Townsville Bishop Tim Harris was pleased that the statue was placed in the forecourt of the cathedral. “I believe that this is a ... Read More »

Congregation founded by popular confessor seeing major reconciliation growth after Jubilee year

Oratory confessional re-installed

CONFESSORS from Australia’s first Oratory community say an increasing number of people are receiving the sacrament of penance regularly following the Year of Mercy. Oratory Father Andrew Wise said the original second confessional needed to be re-installed at Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley – the home of the Brisbane Oratory – to cope with the number of people lining up for ... Read More »

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