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Triple baptism for Chinese-Australian family at Easter

Leung family

THREE generations of one family are in a state of joy after completing a long journey to becoming Catholic. Patricia Leung, her daughter Joanna Leung and her daughter Alexandra Hung were received into the Catholic Church at St Stephen’s Cathedral during the Easter Vigil Mass. Their journey into the Church has been nearly 50 years in the making, and even ... Read More »

Solemnly professed Verbum Dei missionary Sr Gabi Aguilar says ‘impossibility’ not in her vocabulary

Sr Gabriela Aguilar

TESTAMENT to God’s limitless power, Gabriela Aguilar professed perpetual vows as a Verbum Dei Missionary Sister in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. Her almost 20-year journey of discernment and preparation culminated in a Mass presided by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, with Verbum Dei female branch General Responsible Magdalena González Santos, from Rome, and hundreds of supporters. From the Verbum Dei Brisbane ... Read More »

Queensland health minister promises $2m annual investment in continuous care maternity model

Emma Nelson and Roger Marshall

MOTHERS and leaders pushing for better maternity care in Logan have claimed a victory after the Queensland government promised a $2m annual investment to community-based care. Health minister Cameron Dick announced on May 25 that the investment would fund six new midwives for community-based antenatal and postnatal care to Logan women. The midwives will be based in community maternity hubs, ... Read More »

Ethiopian adoptee to raise money for nuns who nursed her as a baby

Mehret and Joanne Lumb

ETHIOPIAN adoptee Mehret Lumb is planning a surprise gift for a group of religious sisters who stepped in to keep her alive when she was just three weeks old. Mehret, who is in Year 8 at Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne, is hoping to give a religious order in charge of an orphanage in Ethiopia, the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of ... Read More »

St Ursula’s College community bid a fond farewell for parish priest Fr Peter Tonti

Farewelling Fr Peter Tonti

CAPRICORN Coast parish priest Fr Peter Tonti was farewelled by the staff and students at St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, in May. Fr Tonti was presented with gifts by College Captains Rubyanna Cozzi, Natalie Cook, and Courtney Fisher, at a school assembly in the Ballygriffin Cultural Centre. An audio-visual presentation featured memories of the many Masses and special occasions Fr Tonti ... Read More »

Passionist living in Brisbane who survived a machete attack and met the Queen talks life as a devoted missionary priest

Fr Paul Mercieca

FR Paul Mercieca has experienced many challenges and adventures during 50 years as a Passionist missionary priest. Quietly spoken and with an infectious sense of humour, Fr Mercieca has survived a machete attack, suffered three bouts of malaria, and has travelled to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen. Now working in Brisbane as an aged-care priest, he is beloved by ... Read More »

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