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Category Archives: Around the Archdiocese

Brisbane teacher helps classroom partner deliver baby girl in emergency home birth

Teacher and mother with baby

PREP teacher Letitia O’Loan has a show-and-tell story that’s hard to top. Hours before the first day of school this year, Mrs O’Loan was on the phone to paramedics to perform an emergency home delivery of teaching partner Megan Schultz’s second child. The pair job-shared a Prep classroom at St Ignatius School, Toowong, and bonded instantly as young teaching mums. ... Read More »

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 a national education conference early last year to “teach the ... 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 the same, but for all of you who have been ... 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 the Prince Charles Hospital and Holy Spirit Hospital campus in ... 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 did; in fact they shot photos and video and even ... 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 able to do this and have really felt a calling ... 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 leave was made by a Jesuit parishes task force set ... 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 common sense,” Cherish Life Queensland president Julie Borger said. “These ... Read More »