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New role for parent body leader Carmel Nash

Carmel Nash

FUNDING uncertainty in Catholic schools is a major concern for the newest member of the national peak body overseeing government and Church relations for Australian Catholic education. Carmel Nash, who is the executive director for the Federation of Parents and Friends Queensland, was appointed to the National Catholic Education Commission on October 25. Mrs Nash replaced Ann Bliss for a ... Read More »

Not just a politician: Tony Abbott as you probably don’t know him

WHEN former Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke at last week’s Assembly of Catholic Professionals lunch, he was at pains to point out he intended to talk about the man and his faith, not the politician. Mr Abbott did that, and in entertaining fashion.   And while he avoided commentary of contemporary Australia politics, he offered insights about his formative years, ... Read More »

Catholic school students recall plight in Cambodia at special Mass

mission Mass

HUNDREDS of Catholic school students marked World Children’s Mission Day by attending a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, focusing on the plight of young Cambodians. “We are part of a global economy; how we live affects others,” Catholic Mission’s diocesan director David McGovern told students. “There are many children who cannot attend school because of poverty or disability.” Mr McGovern described ... Read More »

Dreamworld tragedy: Police chaplains offered a listening ear during the worst

Vigil at Dreamworld

AS police and ambulance workers rushed to the fatal accident scene at Dreamworld, a priority call was made to police chaplain Fr Paul Kelly. Fr Kelly’s urgent help was required. He and other chaplains would be working shoulder-to-shoulder with the “first responders” as a crime scene was set up around the Thunder River Rapids ride, statements taken and next of ... Read More »

Brisbane mum Donna Power has committed to feeding Malawi kindergarteners for life

Donna Power and daughter Cara

KINDERGARTENERS in Malawi have been cheating death since a Brisbane mum made a personal commitment to feed them for the rest of her life. Donna Power has been sending donations to feed children in seven Malawi kindergarten centres run by the Canossian Daughters of Charity since 2011. The mother-of-one started a grassroots venture to support kindergarten children in the impoverished country after a ... Read More »

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