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Daniel’s kicking goals with Soccer Stars program

Daniel Ingledew

IT’S not every day the chief executive officer of Queensland’s largest Catholic charity interrupts your Saturday-morning soccer session to hand you an award. But that was the scenario for 21-year-old Daniel Ingledew, who last year received a surprise award from the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Queensland chief executive Peter Maher in the middle of a soccer game. Mr Ingledew ... Read More »

Cairns Bishop critique’s writer’s claims in newspaper column

Bishop James Foley

This is an edited version of Bishop James Foley’s response to Herald Sun columnist Susie O’Brien’s work ‘Catholic Church must change’, printed in The Cairns Post on December 20. I have been Bishop in Cairns for more than 25 years and in that time many changes and safeguards have been implemented; with child protection officers in place in every Catholic ... Read More »

Queensland Catholic doctors support plans for national “united front”

Catholic doctors Dr Terry Kent and Dr Alison Bignell

QUEENSLAND medicos have welcomed plans to set up a national body to give support and a voice to Catholic doctors. Australian Catholic bishops have approved a body to be known as the Catholic Medical Association of Australia – following a request from doctors wanting to highlight what Catholic teaching brings to healthcare in an increasingly secular world. Catholic doctors face ... Read More »

New push to remove faith lessons from state classrooms ‘misguided’, instructors say

In the classroom

A BACK-to-school row has erupted with religious instructors concerned at new moves to push Christian teaching out of Queensland state school classrooms. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has labelled the push against religious instruction as “misguided” and described as a “right” state school students’ access to RI. School instructors have hit back at claims by “a small atheist lobby group” that ... Read More »

Vinnies tutoring program helps refugees embrace new life in Australia

VoRTCS tutors and refugee student Salim

A GROUP of complete strangers from Brisbane have become the lifeline for a refugee family of seven who escaped their war-ravaged country three years ago. Fifteen-year-old Salim, his mother and five siblings left their home country of Somalia, which has been marred by an ongoing civil war, and arrived in Australia as refugees in what Salim said was a search ... Read More »

Health scare leads Catholic school principal to new indigenous support role

Michael Nayler

AFTER surviving a brain aneurysm during Book Week celebrations last year, former Catholic school principal Michael Nayler has decided to spend the rest of his life supporting indigenous students in Queensland.    Mr Nayler is the newly appointed secretariat director of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF), which last year provided scholarships to 2290 indigenous students across ... Read More »

Western Sydney doctor to sail 15,000km solo to close indigenous literacy gap

Andrew Brazier

BOOKS are said to open doors to the world and the saying is especially true for self-taught sailor Andrew Brazier. The junior doctor, who studied at the University of Queensland, pursued sailing after reading the autobiography of Joshua Slocum, the first man to single-handedly sail around the world, and is now planning a solo voyage across the Pacific Ocean to ... Read More »

Goodna parish priest Fr Roger Burns retires from ‘best job in the world’

Fr Roger Burns

THIRTY years ago British migrant Fr Roger Burns never would have dreamed about retiring in Australia let alone as a Catholic priest. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in England’s north, Fr Burns had tried out a career as a shipyard engineer and then a teacher before being swept into a completely different vocation. “For seven years I ran away from the possibility ... Read More »

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