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Brisbane artist guided by higher power travelling to Rome to see her work in the Vatican

Antoinette Wijeyakulasuriya

WHEN Brisbane artist Antoinette Wijeyakulasuriya starts to paint she knows in her “minds eye” exactly how the finished artwork will look. “The Holy Spirit is guiding me, and that is the joy of it,” Mrs Wijeyakulasuriya said from her home studio where she produces exquisite oil paintings that range from naturalistic landscapes to portraits and abstracts. Her acclaimed work, Holy ... Read More »

Stradbroke Island’s Quandamooka people proud to continue Catholic faith 175 years after first missionaries arrived

Aunty Rose Borey and family

NORTH Stradbroke Island Catholic community elder Aunty Rose Borey had every reason to be brimming with pride when she turned up for Mass last Sunday. Not only was her beloved St Paul of the Cross Church at Dunwich packed for the 175th anniversary of the first Catholic mission to Aboriginal people in Australia, but four of her great-grandchildren were being ... Read More »

Passionist Fathers’ failed outreach to Queensland Aboriginal people actually deemed a success 175 years on

Stradbroke Island

IT was the first attempt to evangelise the Aboriginal people of Queensland, and it failed. Archbishop John Bede Polding, the first Bishop of Australia, approached the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ, better known as the Passionists, to preach the Gospel to the Aboriginal people of Queensland. Archbishop Polding believed the Catholic Church had for too long neglected the ... Read More »

Centacare promises to help survivors of domestic and family violence

Violated by domestic violence

FOR years, domestic violence trapped the woman like a fog that wouldn’t lift. Every part of her life, from home to work and her relationship with her teenage son, had been impacted by her abusive partner. He was physically violent and he was emotionally abusive. He would monitor the odometer on the car to know how far his partner had ... Read More »

Father and son to re-enact life of Augustine and Adeodatus in Brisbane concert

Simon and Samson Hylands

REAL-life father and son Simon and Samson Hyland will portray one of the Church’s most inspiring and even surprising father-son relationships on stage in Brisbane next week. Mr Hyland, a Sydney-based teacher and father-of-three, will return to his home city of Brisbane with his 14-year-old son to take on the roles of St Augustine and his son Adeodatus, for a ... Read More »

Domestic violence strangulation cases rising in southeast Queensland

Woman in distress

ANTI-domestic violence experts have called for more education on the signs of strangulation as police cope with new cases sparked by a change in legislation. The introduction of non-fatal strangulation to the Queensland criminal code in 2016 has resulted in more than 1400 reported offences. More than half of those were in southeast Queensland. The law was introduced from the ... Read More »

Pauline Fathers to ordain first priest from Queensland

Br Joseph Maria Buckley

MICHAEL Buckley has waited 20 years to become a priest and now the “exciting and very terrifying” day is just around the corner. Known by his religious name as Brother Joseph Maria, the 28-year-old deacon will next month become the first Queensland priest for the Order of St Paul the First Hermit, a monastic order founded in 1215. Bishop Columba ... Read More »

Warning signs that can show you he’s an abuser

concerned woman

WHEN we started dating, I thought he was the perfect gentleman. He would open doors for me, take me on picnics and buy me flowers. It wasn’t until six months into the relationship when his controlling and manipulative tendencies surfaced. I’m fortunate I got out before things became too serious. Others haven’t been so fortunate – like a friend of ... Read More »

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