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Schoolies’ drinking culture taking a leap in the right direction

SCHOOLIES Week has earned a reputation as being a perilous and sinful environment for school-leavers. Scenes of violence, binge-drinking, illicit drug-taking and sexual predation have become fodder for the mainstream news cycle. One man, however, believes all that is changing. Andy Gourley is the national co-ordinator for Red Frogs Australia, a support network for university students and school-leavers run by ... Read More »

Emptiness leads to the fullness of God at Brisbane’s Ignite Conference in 2018

THEY filled travel bags, buses and cars, excitedly waiting for Brisbane archdiocese’s national Catholic youth event, Ignite conference, to begin on the first Thursday of the September school holidays. The arrival of up to 1500 young people was akin to the anticipation before a sold-out performance of an international artist. But this was no performance, and front and centre was ... Read More »

Mike Duggan’s life was an inspiration to all who knew him

MIKE Duggan, who died in Brisbane recently, will be remembered for his clear vision to look past his own disability with eyes of faith, and to reach out to others in need. Mr Duggan was born with cerebral palsy, and was a passionate advocate for the rights of people with a disability. Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell presided over a ... Read More »

Faith central to Broncos chief Paul White’s game plan for life

BRISBANE Broncos rugby league chief executive officer Paul White sat down with Donna Lynch to discuss faith and family. Question: Could you tell me about the Paul White early years? Answer: All very happy years, Donna. I was born in Charleville in Western Queensland in 1966. We probably didn’t have a lot as a family but my parents gave us ... Read More »

Archbishop Mark Coleridge challenges students faith on QUT campus visit

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has celebrated a Mass with QUT’s Freedom Catholic Mission on Campus – a lay Catholic movement committed to the Church’s call of evangelisation. Archbishop Coleridge encouraged students to consider their time on campus as a tremendous gift. During his homily he spoke of an infamous documentary film and warned the students not to fall for the ... Read More »

Catholic communities digging deep to help farming families through the drought

  QUEENSLAND Catholic schools are digging deep to aid struggling farm families caught in the long drought. Fundraising to buy groceries and feed livestock, and waiving school fees are some of the efforts being offered to families facing financial hardship. Term-two school fees were waived at Catholic primary schools in Longreach, Barcaldine and Blackall. Some of Brisbane’s elite Catholic colleges ... Read More »

Dads don’t know their importance in communicating with their daughters

By Madonna King HOW often does a father sit down and really talk to his teen daughter, one-on-one? I asked 400 fathers that question recently, as part of my research for a book Fathers and Daughters, and the answers should make us all stop and think. “This month while on holidays.’’ “Good question. It’s been a while now. Thinking about ... Read More »

‘50 years of marriage is like a 50-point triple word score … it takes time’

MICHAEL and Anne Goodwin might be considered somewhat of an anomaly in today’s culture. This month the couple celebrated 50 years of marriage, 50 years of friendship, and 50 years of true love. On Saturday, October 6, the Goodwins will renew their wedding vows and commemorate the sacrament of matrimony at St Stephens Cathedral’s annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass. The ... Read More »

Little Joshua Thomas first in line for Syro-Malankara baptism in Brisbane parish

FOUR-month-old Joshua Thomas has received a unique and historic welcome into the Catholic Church becoming the first Syro-Malankara baptism in Brisbane. Co-ordinator of the Syro-Malankara community in Australia Fr Stephen Kulathumkarotte baptised Joshua with Fr Prem Kumar Rethnamony at St Agatha’s Church, Clayfield, during a small, but vibrant celebration. The Syro-Malankara Church has close to 500,000 members – the majority ... Read More »

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