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Year 12 Catholic schoolgirl with Down Syndrome to speak at the United Nations

Year 12 student with Down Syndrome Olivia Hargroder

GIVING up has never been Olivia Hargroder’s style. When the 18-year-old was born, doctors told her parents Kerry and Mark Hargroder that their daughter would never learn to talk because she was born with Down Syndrome. The Southern Cross Catholic College Year 12 student defied the odds when she addressed ... Read More »

Long-awaited Mary, Mother of Mercy Church opens at Burleigh Heads

Mary, Mother of Mercy Church

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge praised “the vision and energy” of the Burleigh Heads community as he blessed and dedicated the new Mary, Mother of Mercy Church in Australia’s largest Catholic parish. “I praise God not only for the priests who have built this place, for the craftsmen who have done ... Read More »

Stafford parish leads discussion on northside hospital’s expensive parking rates

Parking rates at Prince Charles Hospital

FINDING a parking spot at the Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, has proven easier for members of a Brisbane parish than shouldering the burden of the ticket price. Members of the neighbouring Stafford Catholic parish, including parish priest Fr Denis Scanlan, have called for changes to the cost of parking at ... Read More »

Two men charged over Toowong cemetery Cross of Sacrifice damage

Cross of Sacrifice

ON Ash Wednesday, a radical group of Brisbane Christian activists took extraordinary action. Members of the Catholic Worker movement allegedly attacked the Cross of Sacrifice, which has stood in Brisbane’s Toowong Cemetery since 1924. The word “allegedly” is used to describe their actions, however the men willingly admit what they ... Read More »

International Women’s Day: How a javelin star-turned-nun is empowering women around the globe

Sr Mel Dwyer with Malawi students

WATCHING young African girls fight gender inequality to become strong career women in one of the world’s poorest countries has shown a former athlete the power of the feminine genius. Canossian Sister Mel Dwyer, a former nationally-ranked javelin thrower who gave up a chance to be at the Sydney 2000 Olympics ... Read More »

Ora’s heart goes out to refugees in war-torn country

BRISBANE teacher Ora Duffley is putting her faith in God as she prepares for a volunteer mission to help refugees in northern Iraq. “I have prayed about this a lot. It’s a bit of a scary thing to go but I really trust in God. Being a single woman, I’m ... Read More »

Jesuits to leave Brisbane’s Toowong parish

Fr Peter Quin

AFTER more than 100 years in the parish, the Jesuits will withdraw from St Ignatius, Toowong, at the end of this year. It’s a decision that has been greeted in the parish by shock, sadness, but also a sense of appreciation for the work of the Jesuits. The decision to ... Read More »

Pyne bills withdrawn after LNP votes to block proposed abortion legislation

PRO-life campaigners are claiming victory after the scrapping of Queensland’s controversial abortion bills. Member for Cairns Rob Pyne withdrew his two private member’s bills, which aimed to legalise abortion, a day before the bills were due to be voted on in Parliament on March 1. “It was a victory for ... Read More »

New Lenten program to help with reflecting, sharing and living the Gospel

MARIST Brother Roger Burke’s enthusiasm for spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ is infectious. In more than 60 years as a Marist Brother he has strived to live the Gospel and has always encouraged others to live out their baptismal call. In Jubilee parish, in Brisbane’s inner west, he ... Read More »

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