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Emmaus College student inspired to pursue music career despite losing knockout round on The Voice

Ruby Jo on The Voice

SOULFUL singer and Emmaus College student Ruby Jo has described her time on television series The Voice as a “blessed” experience. The 15-year-old Chambers Flat musician performed Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara, gaining a place on United Kingdom singer Seal’s team. She appeared in the subsequent knockout round on May 23 which marked the end of her journey ... Read More »

Former Capuchin friar sent to jail for indecent assault of child

A FORMER Capuchin friar who sexually abused a young girl attending a Brisbane Catholic school on four separate occasions in 1974 has been jailed for four months. Anthony Colbourne, a former parish priest at the Guardian Angels Church, Wynnum, pleaded guilty on May 23 to indecently assaulting his eight-year-old victim in the presbytery and his office, on four separate occasions. ... Read More »

Triple baptism for Chinese-Australian family at Easter

Leung family

THREE generations of one family are in a state of joy after completing a long journey to becoming Catholic. Patricia Leung, her daughter Joanna Leung and her daughter Alexandra Hung were received into the Catholic Church at St Stephen’s Cathedral during the Easter Vigil Mass. Their journey into the Church has been nearly 50 years in the making, and even ... Read More »

Solemnly professed Verbum Dei missionary Sr Gabi Aguilar says ‘impossibility’ not in her vocabulary

Sr Gabriela Aguilar

TESTAMENT to God’s limitless power, Gabriela Aguilar professed perpetual vows as a Verbum Dei Missionary Sister in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. Her almost 20-year journey of discernment and preparation culminated in a Mass presided by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, with Verbum Dei female branch General Responsible Magdalena González Santos, from Rome, and hundreds of supporters. From the Verbum Dei Brisbane ... Read More »

Queensland health minister promises $2m annual investment in continuous care maternity model

Emma Nelson and Roger Marshall

MOTHERS and leaders pushing for better maternity care in Logan have claimed a victory after the Queensland government promised a $2m annual investment to community-based care. Health minister Cameron Dick announced on May 25 that the investment would fund six new midwives for community-based antenatal and postnatal care to Logan women. The midwives will be based in community maternity hubs, ... Read More »

Ethiopian adoptee to raise money for nuns who nursed her as a baby

Mehret and Joanne Lumb

ETHIOPIAN adoptee Mehret Lumb is planning a surprise gift for a group of religious sisters who stepped in to keep her alive when she was just three weeks old. Mehret, who is in Year 8 at Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne, is hoping to give a religious order in charge of an orphanage in Ethiopia, the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of ... Read More »

Passionist living in Brisbane who survived a machete attack and met the Queen talks life as a devoted missionary priest

Fr Paul Mercieca

FR Paul Mercieca has experienced many challenges and adventures during 50 years as a Passionist missionary priest. Quietly spoken and with an infectious sense of humour, Fr Mercieca has survived a machete attack, suffered three bouts of malaria, and has travelled to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen. Now working in Brisbane as an aged-care priest, he is beloved by ... Read More »

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