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Augustinian brother who left Vietnam to be a priest prepares to be a deacon

Brisbane Augustinians

VIETNAMESE Augustinian Brother Dang Nguyen, who left his home country to join an order he didn’t know, will be ordained a deacon in Brisbane next week. The 33-year-old who came to Brisbane two months ago for pastoral placement said he left Vietnam in 2008 to become a priest in the Augustinians, an order that has no presence in his country. ... Read More »

Book compiled by Adelaide priest promotes positive Christian marriages

Monsignor Robert Egar

MARRIED couples who have shared bread with an Adelaide priest have contributed to a new book that shows the path to love is not smooth but always worthwhile. For years Monsignor Robert Egar has welcomed groups of engaged and married couples to his home in Adelaide. The nights were an opportunity for Christian married couples to share stories of their ... Read More »

Capuchin Friars’ new provincial minister takes up position in Sydney

Fr Gerard O'Dempsey

QUEENSLANDER Fr Gerard O’Dempsey says it is “breathtaking” to be elected leader of the Australian province of the Capuchin Friars for the next three years. “It’s a great responsibility and I hope I can live up to what the friars expect of me,” Fr O’Dempsey said as he packed his single suitcase and many boxes of books for his move ... Read More »

Meet the winners of the 2017 Community Leader Awards

Community Leader Award winners

  HOMELESS people across the Sunshine Coast will have a new reason to cheer for their biggest supporter, Nambour Catholic woman Annette Baker. The Nambour parishioner and member of the St Vincent de Paul Society for 17 years was named Community Leader of the Year in Brisbane last week. Mrs Baker received the award for her contribution to Vinnies in ... Read More »

Broken Bay Bishop says Victoria should pay attention to NSW parliament’s decision on euthansia

fight against euthanasia

EUTHANASIA and assisted suicide are national issues being played out state-by-state, according to Broken Bay Bishop Peter Comensoli. Bishop Comensoli has applauded the narrow defeat of a voluntary assisted dying bill in New South Wales during a late-night sitting of parliament on November 18, but warned of the prospect of legislation in other states. He made the comment before Victorian ... Read More »

Sydney man working to protect traditional marriage from attack returns home to support Brisbane campaigners

David Jee

FOR Catholic father-of-six and marriage campaigner David Jee, the same-sex marriage survey was not, ultimately, about winning or losing, it was about the long-haul fight to protect traditional marriage. “This is only really the start,” Mr Jee said, returning to Brisbane to thank some of the thousands of volunteers who spent weeks doorknocking and handing out leaflets in support of ... Read More »

Fertility doctor promoting more effective methods than IVF says women deserve to know how their body works

Professor Pilar Vigil

A WORLD-renowned doctor says natural fertility methods can greatly improve a woman’s health over a lifetime as well as help restore fertility. “Every woman deserves to know how her body works,” Chile’s eminent gynaecologist and clinician, Professor Pilar Vigil said, visiting Australia for the National Fertility Conference, the annual event of the Australasian Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine. Professor Vigil ... Read More »

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