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Story Dog Archie boosts Catholic schoolboys’ reading and writing skills

Archie and Ambrose Treacy College boys

STORIES have come to life in Brisbane teacher Alicia Madigan’s Year 5 class with the addition of a new reading buddy – a furry friend named Archie. Archie is a four-year-old cavalier King Charles spaniel who works in the Story Dogs program, a not-for-profit organisation that helps children to improve their literacy skills. Each Wednesday Archie puts on his extra-small ... Read More »

Fr Michael Grace called to study in Rome

Fr Michael Grace

QUEENSLAND’S next generation of priests might work closely with Fr Michael Grace, who is headed to Rome for a two-year course specialising in vocational formation. The Brisbane priest of eight years has accepted the invitation to study a Licentiate of Spiritual Theology in Rome with specialisation in Vocational Formation. Archbishop Mark Coleridge invited Fr Grace to undertake the course at ... Read More »

High school dream now reality with senior classes open at Ambrose Treacy College

New Ambrose Treacy College senior school

BOYS from the only Catholic boys’ college in Brisbane’s western suburbs are finally becoming men with the addition of a senior school. The first Year 11 cohort at Ambrose Treacy College, Indooroopilly, have walked through their new building designed to cater for the school’s growing numbers. They will also be the first boys to graduate from the college, which opened ... Read More »

Federal and state parliamentarians encourage pro-life Queenslanders at March for Life rally

Large crowd at the March for Life

NATIONALS MP George Christensen will urge the Federal Treasurer to divert millions of dollars in foreign aid that supported an international abortion agency last year to fund local organisations helping women in unplanned or crisis pregnancies. The Queensland politician joined numerous politicians at the annual March for Life rally outside state parliament in Brisbane on Sunday March 18. He told ... Read More »

Olympic champ Ken Wallace recalls ‘ratbag’ days at Marymount College

Ken Wallace

OLYMPIC kayaker Ken Wallace might have three medals under his belt, but his past teachers will remember a different kind of boy from his “mischievous” days at Marymount College, Burleigh. Mr Wallace, who has won gold and bronze medals for Australia, said his earliest memory of the college was transitioning from “a big fish in a small pond, to a ... Read More »

Emergency room trip in Philippines prompts family’s Lenten fundraiser

Miguel Balagtas in the emergency room in the Philippines

A BRISBANE parishioner has launched a heartfelt Lenten appeal for a struggling hospital in the Philippines. Sherry Balagtas was shocked at hospital conditions when her 13-year-old son Miguel was admitted with food poisoning during a family holiday in Palawan province recently. She said the Coron District Hospital was poorly lacking in basic supplies and medicines. “We had to call the ... Read More »

Brisbane school breathes new life into 81-year-old country church

Cooranga North church

THE last time Catholics living in Cooranga North saw their beautiful country church, it was listed for sale on a website. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, built in 1937, served Catholics in Dalby, in Toowoomba diocese, and then the neighbouring Jandowae community over 75 years before closing in 2013 due to low attendance rates and a lack of ... Read More »

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