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Self-taught sailor riding waves for Indigenous literacy lands safely in USA

Andrew Brazier enters marina in Los Angeles

HELEN of Troy may have launched a thousand ships, but it was the hope to see Indigenous people read a medical script that launched Andrew Brazier’s ship to Los Angeles. The young doctor from the Blue Mountains completed his 15,000km solo journey from Sydney to Los Angeles to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation earlier this month. The former ... Read More »

Nursing student to advocate for social change in Indigenous communities through scholarship

Kate Gavin in Rome

NURSING student Kate Gavin will honour Indigenous women as she prepares to study in Rome thanks to a scholarship from the Australian Catholic University. The Australian Catholic University student from Brisbane was named the 2018 Francis Xavier Conaci scholarship recipient, which will allow her to study at the institution’s Rome campus. Named after an Aboriginal boy from Australia who left ... Read More »

Queensland netball fired up in Townsville

Chanel College netball

STUDENTS from across the state gathered at Ryan Catholic College, Townsville, for the 2018 Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball carnival. This year’s carnival was officially opened on July 1 and concluded on July 6. St Mary’s Catholic College, Cairns defeated St Mary’s Catholic College, Kingaroy 16-15 to close out the division 1 competition and lift the Jemma Mi Mi Shield. ... Read More »

St Mary’s claims Confraternity shield with inspiration from Johnathan Thurston

St Mary's game

ST Mary’s College, Toowoomba, matched the precision of its best-known modern rugby league graduate when it stormed to victory in the Confraternity Shield final in Charters Towers last week. St Mary’s 42-6 win over St Peter Claver College, Riverview, delivered south-east Queensland its first Confraternity Shield in 13 years and highlighted another strong batch of young players from the Darling ... Read More »

Eagleby facility Aishling puts a smile on Jono’s face

Aishling Centre

ROGER Taufel can sum up the experience of sending his son Jonathan to Centracare’s redeveloped Aishling facility in one, short sentence. “Jono comes home with a smile on his face,” Mr Taufel said. Opened last November and given an official opening this week, the Eagleby facility offers flexible short-stay accommodation and support services for children and young adults with disabilities. ... Read More »

Pope Francis signs up for his third World Youth Day

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has signed up to pray with an expected 500,000 young people, including pilgrims from Brisbane, for the 2019 World Youth Day in Panama. While Pope Francis registered for the youth gathering after praying the Angelus on February 11, 2018, the Holy See only confirmed his presence in Panama on July 9. The Pope will arrive in Panama on ... Read More »

St Mary’s students reaching out

Year 3 class at St Mary's with their removal cartons of items

MAKING a difference to people experiencing homelessness has motivated a Year 3 class at St Mary’s Primary School, Rockhampton to dig deep and donate an astonishing amount of essential items for Rockhampton Regional Council’s Homeless Connect event to be held in Rockhampton on July 26. It took under a fortnight for this class of 27 generous students to fill 21 ... Read More »

Brisbane grandfather celebrates 25 years in the priesthood

Brisbane priests celebrating jubilees

PRIESTS have been known to invite their mothers, fathers, sisters or brothers to their priestly jubilee Mass, but alongside Fr Brian Harris were his children and grandchildren. The Oblate priest, who has six children, 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, joined the priesthood in 1987 when he was 55. “I was married and had a family, but my wife died,” Fr ... Read More »

Community spirit gives Sara wheels

Sara's wheels

“IT’S an answer to prayer,” a Brisbane mother-of-six said when her family took delivery of a special mobility vehicle during the week. Mehret Mahari had been hoping and praying for this vehicle since her youngest child Sara, 13, was released from hospital after a backyard accident had left the schoolgirl with severe disability. Sustaining brain injury in the accident in ... Read More »

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