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Eye-opening talks stun Catholic Women’s League

HUMAN trafficking, slavery, orphans and asylum seekers are often classified as matters of the past, but the Queensland members of Catholic Women’s League have uncovered the persistent reality of these troubling issues. These social justice issues were at the forefront of the CWL Biennial State Conference 2014 held in Mackay earlier this year. State president Jan Webb welcomed the CWL ... Read More »

Soldier for Christ tells of battles at book launch

By Paul Dobbyn “DON’T put any of that God stuff in” was the response Deacon Gary Stone got from several publishers receiving his proposal to write a book about his 45 years of service with the Australian Army. “Various publishers said there were plenty of stories to tell without that,” Deacon Stone told the audience at the recent launch of ... Read More »

Festive year for Beenleigh

By Emilie Ng BEENLEIGH Catholics are preparing for the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebrations in 60 years. St Patrick’s Church, named after Irish patron saint, will turn 60 next year. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will celebrate an official anniversary Mass on Tuesday, March 17, St Patrick’s feast day. The newly elected parish council will spend the next 12 months organising ... Read More »

Laundry service for homeless ‘full steam ahead’

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S homeless are grateful for a new initiative that offers free laundry services in local parks across the city. Orange Sky Laundry is Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless, founded by friends and former St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace mates Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett. Team members had their first run on Thursday, October 9 ... Read More »

Carmelites worldwide honour founder

BRISBANE’S discalced Carmelite community of contemplative women remembered the 500th birthday of their order’s founder, St Teresa of Avila, last week. This October commences the 500th anniversary year since the Spanish foundress of the reformed, or discalced, Carmelites was born. Discalced Carmelite friar Fr Greg Burke, from the Varoville community, celebrated  a thanksgiving Mass on October 19. Fr Burke said ... Read More »

Synod on the Family acts as curtain-raiser

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has addressed several controversial issues discussed during the recent Extraordinary Synod of the Family, including reception of Holy Communion for the divorced, in an interview on Sky TV. The archbishop, interviewed on the channel’s Keneally and Cameron Show on October 17, agreed with host, former NSW premier Kristina Keneally, that the synod’s working ... Read More »

Remembering Immy

By Paul Dobbyn “WHY us? We’re good people.” This was the question Dean and Jenny Smith asked themselves last year after the death of one of their twins Imogene – “Immy” – at three months. She had bravely struggled for life alongside her twin brother Theodore (Theo) after being born at only 24 weeks. Each weighed just over 600 grams. On ... Read More »

Jesuit finds God’s love in the stars

By Paul Dobbyn WOULD actor Bruce Willis armed with a bomb be able to take out an earth-bound asteroid? The answer is definitely no, according to Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, this year’s awardee of the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science. He used the example as a way to explain the value of his more ... Read More »

Annabel shares generous gifts

CATHOLIC Education Week ambassador Annabel Pike has continues her works of generosity. Last week Ms Pike delivered more than 130 personal care packs to the “poorest of the poor’” in a Cambodian hospital thanks to the generosity of Catholic school students in Toowoomba diocese. The 2012 Australian Nurse Graduate of the Year, Annabel travelled to Cambodia to help train and ... Read More »

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