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Australian Catholic religious congregations apologise for abuse at national assembly

Religious keynote speaker

A NATIONAL assembly of Australia’s Catholic religious congregations has included an apology for past abuse in schools and institutions, and a call to religious congregations to “be prophetic” and emerge from dark times with healing and hope. Keynote speaker, missionary and educator Sister of Notre Dame Mary Sujita urged 130 participants at the assembly in Melbourne from June 20-22 to ... Read More »

Dedicated parish nurse Sarah Dunlop a ‘safety net’ for vulnerable Catholics

Parish nurse Sarah Dunlop

IF there’s something strange with your health, who you gonna call? For parishioners at the Jubilee parish, they dial the “hotline” to parish nurse Sarah Dunlop. A former fashion designer who changed careers to become a nurse more than 15 years ago, Mrs Dunlop is the “safety net” ensuring parishioners don’t disappear from their radar, especially when it comes to ... Read More »

Sr Carmel Arnold’s 21 years of service in Bowen comes to an end

Sr Carmel Arnold Returns to Townsville

AFTER more than 21 years of service to the Bowen community, Sister Carmel Arnold has been called back to Townsville. The last of the town’s Sisters of Mercy, Sr Arnold’s departure will bring to an end the 145-year presence of Sisters in the Bowen community. A Mass of Thanksgiving and farewell was celebrated by Bishop Tim Harris two weeks ago ... Read More »

Queenslanders raise nearly $13k for Chennai rehab centre started by Brisbane nun

Friends of Mithra Fundraiser

LOYAL supporters of an Australian nun who started a rehabilitation centre in India for children with disabilities have raised nearly $13,000 for a charity funding the centre. Brisbane-based charity Friends of Mithra is a major financial supporter for the Madras Institute to Rehabilitate Retarded, Afflicted (Mithra) in Chennai, founded by former Brisbane nun Sr Mary Theodore. Sr Theodore devoted the ... Read More »

St Rita’s girls spend winter break building toilets for Cambodians

SRC LaValla Helpers

MANY students use the school holidays to sleep in and binge-watch television, but 16 St Rita’s College girls spent their winter break building toilet blocks for a remote community in Cambodia. Stepping onto the plane on June 16, the Year 11 students, accompanied by three staff members, including principal Dale Morrow, abandoned the comforts of their families and homes and ... Read More »

Grow old on your own terms with St Vincent’s Care Services

BEING an older Australian isn’t the same today as it was 20 years ago — seniors are living longer, more active lives and want the option to age in their own home and community. This desire can easily be made a reality with in-home support services. St Vincent’s Care Services — a leading provider of aged care and retirement services— ... Read More »

Greens pushing to scrap Our Father from parliament day

Our Father in Parliament

WHEN parliament returns from its winter recess, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has vowed to renew her push for the Lord’s Prayer to be ditched from Federal parliamentary proceedings. She describes the opening of each day of parliament as “insulting”. “Considering there’s many people who aren’t religious, there’s many people of different faiths, it’s time we started having an institution that ... Read More »

Triple suicide on Gold Coast prompts euthanasia concerns

euthanasia crisis

IT happened in our midst – an apparent planned and researched triple suicide on the Gold Coast. With the push to legalise euthanasia gaining momentum in states across Australia, it’s a chilling end-of-life strategy, with grave implications according to Catholic ethicists. “To choose to limit one’s life – to choose to miss out on life with its blend of joys ... Read More »

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