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Religious instructors prepare for another year of delivering the message of Christ in Queensland classrooms

Religious Instructor Amy Hollier

AT the Catalyst Church, at Brassall near Ipswich, 106 religious instructors and assistants gather for training to prepare for their 2018 instructing in state schools. Similar training sessions are happening in centres across Queensland as an army of volunteers – from every denomination – take on the task of delivering the message of Jesus in the classroom. “It’s very satisfying, ... Read More »

ABC veteran Sean Dorney tackles life with motor neurone disease

Sean Dorney

ON a recent family trip to Caloundra, acclaimed foreign correspondent Sean Dorney shuffled down the beach to the surf, assisted by his wife and daughter, unable to raise his legs more than a few centimetres above the sand. “If you are walking behind me the tracks look as if a turtle has been scraping through the sand,” Mr Dorney said. ... Read More »

Catholic author to launch first book inspired by abusive history

Michaela Daphne

EMOTIONAL abuse survivor Michaela Daphne has released the first book in a series aimed at showing women “the signs of a bad relationship”. Purlieu is the first instalment of the Hidden Grove series, a fantasy thriller inspired by Ms Daphne’s experience of being in an abusive relationship for 12 months. Ms Daphne was 18 when she started a relationship with ... Read More »

Pro-life advocates say resources need to be invested in palliative care rather than euthanasia

hospital patient

AUSTRALIA should be looking at ways to care for its aging population rather than considering euthanasia, the pro-life organisation Cherish Life Queensland says. “We need to put more resources into palliative care,” Cherish Life president Julie Borger said, reacting to a new drive to legalise voluntary euthanasia in Queensland. The multi-million-dollar estate left by former Brisbane Lord Mayor Clem Jones ... Read More »

Catholic education leaders support Queensland premier’s plans to stop bullying

QUEENSLAND’S key advocate for Catholic schools believes Australian leaders can help reduce bullying among young people by examining how they behave in public. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was among 40 stakeholders invited to a bullying and cyberbullying roundtable discussion hosted by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on January 29. The meeting came after the shock suicide ... Read More »

Daniel’s kicking goals with Soccer Stars program

Daniel Ingledew

IT’S not every day the chief executive officer of Queensland’s largest Catholic charity interrupts your Saturday-morning soccer session to hand you an award. But that was the scenario for 21-year-old Daniel Ingledew, who last year received a surprise award from the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Queensland chief executive Peter Maher in the middle of a soccer game. Mr Ingledew ... Read More »

New push to remove faith lessons from state classrooms ‘misguided’, instructors say

In the classroom

A BACK-to-school row has erupted with religious instructors concerned at new moves to push Christian teaching out of Queensland state school classrooms. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has labelled the push against religious instruction as “misguided” and described as a “right” state school students’ access to RI. School instructors have hit back at claims by “a small atheist lobby group” that ... Read More »

Vinnies tutoring program helps refugees embrace new life in Australia

VoRTCS tutors and refugee student Salim

A GROUP of complete strangers from Brisbane have become the lifeline for a refugee family of seven who escaped their war-ravaged country three years ago. Fifteen-year-old Salim, his mother and five siblings left their home country of Somalia, which has been marred by an ongoing civil war, and arrived in Australia as refugees in what Salim said was a search ... Read More »

Health scare leads Catholic school principal to new indigenous support role

Michael Nayler

AFTER surviving a brain aneurysm during Book Week celebrations last year, former Catholic school principal Michael Nayler has decided to spend the rest of his life supporting indigenous students in Queensland.    Mr Nayler is the newly appointed secretariat director of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF), which last year provided scholarships to 2290 indigenous students across ... Read More »

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