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Caloundra principal showcases beauty of the Coast in art exhibition

Michael Stewart

PRIMARY school principal Michael Stewart has a rare gift of seeing beauty in a budding flower, the roaring Sunshine Coast beaches, and even a plate of lasagne from the local cafe. The talented artist and leader of Our Lady of the Rosary School, Caloundra, is showcasing these “beauties” and more in an exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery. Mr Stewart ... Read More »

Free fitness classes soothe body and soul at Booval

Booval fitness

GREAT-grandmother Eileen Galligan has carried 15 children in her lifetime but now her 87-year-old legs are having trouble carrying anything else. “They don’t want to carry me,” Mrs Galligan said. The long-time Booval parishioner is one of nearly 20 seniors attending a free fitness class helping the former farmer get back on her feet. The classes are held every Friday ... Read More »

New ACBC president to ‘make sure Jesus is at the heart of everything’

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge says he will be “working to make sure Jesus is at the heart of everything” as he prepares to lead Australia’s Catholics through the sexual abuse crisis and the upcoming historic plenary council. “This will mean helping the Church find a distinctively Gospel voice in the great social debates – not fighting ideology with ideology, but ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese reigniting campaign to end domestic and family violence

domestic violence

DOMESTIC violence workers are dealing with a significant increase in distressed women and children, including those involved in high-risk cases, as awareness campaigns continue across south-east Queensland. Centacare, the Catholic Church’s social services arm, has reported increases in the number of women who have reached out for help, matching the observations of police. “This is a problem that is everywhere. ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast community to hold march, candlelight vigil for domestic and family violence survivors

Candlelight vigil

SUNSHINE Coast residents will light up Mooloolaba Beach to send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in the community. Sunshine Coast Council is organising a march from Alexandra Headland today, followed by a candle lighting ceremony at Mooloolaba Beach to remember victims and survivors of domestic and family violence. The event marks national domestic ... Read More »

Mercies and supporters celebrate historic transfer of ministry ‘close to the hearts’ of Queensland Sisters

Mercy transfer

A JOURNEY that began with the arrival of Queensland’s first Sisters of Mercy in 1861 took another historic turn recently. During a special ritual, the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy transferred canonical responsibility for Mercy Community Ltd to Mercy Partners. Mercy Community Ltd has been a ministry of the congregation for many years and incorporates aged care, family ... Read More »

Solomons graduates’ lives to change with ACU achievement

Solomon Islands ACU graduates

OVERCOMING hardship and a strong dose of self-sacrifice has enabled 27 students from Solomon Islands to graduate from Australian Catholic University’s business program. “It is a dream come true. We haven’t expected to come this far,” student spokesman George Tapo, who is the Pacific island nation’s deputy commissioner of Inland Revenue Division, said. The students, each considered leaders in a ... Read More »

Catholic international students exploited by employers full of praise for Australian-first labour hire laws

Fr Nacho and Sergio Duran

LATIN American international students who received food donations from their Catholic community to survive being ruthlessly underpaid by employers have welcomed new mandatory labour hire licencing laws aimed at protecting vulnerable workers. Colombian native Sergio Duran was exploited by at least two cleaning companies since moving to Australia in 2014 for study. He told The Catholic Leader last year that ... Read More »

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