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Big week for Catholic schools as Queensland launches Catholic Education Week

BRISBANE Catholic schools launched a week-long celebration of their distinctive Catholic ethos in an official ceremony at St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday. Hundreds of students from 40 schools packed out the cathedral on July 23 to kick off the annual Queensland Catholic Education Week celebrations from July 23 to 29 with a Mass where Archbishop Mark Coleridge presided. The Mass ... Read More »

Rite of political election: Why young Catholics need to engage more in Australian politics

Catholic Youth Calling

IF you ever wondered what happened to those provocative billboards promising men a better sex life, just ask Melbourne seminarian Matthew Restall. In 2008 the then-university student stumbled upon an image that would spur him into a national political campaign against sexualised advertising and a short career in politics. “I got involved through trying to change the sexualised culture in ... 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 »

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 »

Queenslanders raise nearly $13k for Chennai rehab centre started by Brisbane nun

Friends of Mithra Fundraiser

LOYAL supporters of an Australian nun who started a rehabilitation centre in India for children with disabilities have raised nearly $13,000 for a charity funding the centre. Brisbane-based charity Friends of Mithra is a major financial supporter for the Madras Institute to Rehabilitate Retarded, Afflicted (Mithra) in Chennai, founded by former Brisbane nun Sr Mary Theodore. Sr Theodore devoted the ... Read More »

St Rita’s girls spend winter break building toilets for Cambodians

SRC LaValla Helpers

MANY students use the school holidays to sleep in and binge-watch television, but 16 St Rita’s College girls spent their winter break building toilet blocks for a remote community in Cambodia. Stepping onto the plane on June 16, the Year 11 students, accompanied by three staff members, including principal Dale Morrow, abandoned the comforts of their families and homes and ... Read More »

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