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Haircut and a chat giving Inala Family Support Centre clients new outlook on life

IT’S amazing how a haircut can add a new lease of life. “When people have a haircut, or a colour, they feel great,” Family Support Centre co-ordinator Liza Dykstra said. Last week the St Vincent de Paul Society-run centre at Inala introduced a free hairdressing service and it wasn’t long before the waiting room was filled with eager clients – ... Read More »

Well-known Brisbane archdiocesan priest Fr Ray Kearney has died, aged 80

RESPECTED Brisbane archdiocesan priest Fr Ray Kearney died on October 29 at St Vincent’s Hospital, aged 80. Fr Kearney  was ordained in 1962 as part of the second-largest class ever to leave Pius XII Seminary, Banyo. His first posting was to Mt Gravatt parish from 1962-64, where he learned the power of pastoral visits alongside Fr John Rosenskjar.  Fr Kearney ... Read More »

Call to close centre as institutionalisation destroys child-parent ties on Nauru

WHILE federal parliament debates a policy proposal to allow for asylum seekers on Nauru to resettle in New Zealand, families stuck in the detention centre continue to fracture from a lack of parental attachment. Psychologist and traumatologist Paul Stevenson, a Brisbane Catholic who spoke with The Catholic Leader in 2016 after he lost his contract working on Nauru for revealing ... Read More »

Counsellor warns on the growth of post-abortion syndrome after Queensland abortion decision

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AFTER Queensland MPs vote to legalise abortion, a respected Catholic trauma counsellor has used her regular newsletter to warn of the grief and long-term psychological impacts of the life-ending practice. “What has happened to all of us that we have allowed this to happen?” post-abortion grief and sexual abuse counsellor Anne Lastman wrote in her newsletter Broken Branches. Mrs Lastman was ... Read More »

Gary and Natasha Pinto have a mutual passion for music and a shared devotion to God

THERE’S divine symmetry between Gary and Natasha Pinto. His name is synonymous with Australian Idol winner and Christian musician Guy Sebastian, together producing the World Youth Day 2008 theme song Receive the Power, and “a few hundred” songs under his musical belt over two decades. Her name as a musician and singer stands tall in its own right with a ... Read More »

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