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Nurse who lost her son to leukaemia and literacy educator among Queensland Catholics in Australia Day honours list

Dr Rod Campbell and Margaret Miller

MARGARET Miller’s mission to stop young children dying of leukaemia and her dedication to the Warwick community has landed the Catholic parishioner an Australia Day honour. The former nurse helped start the Warwick branch of the Leukaemia Foundation when her son Robin died of the blood cancer. Mrs Miller said Robin was sick between March and December of 1979 from ... Read More »

Mater Dei teachers set for quadruple ‘double trouble’

Four sets of twins from Mater Dei primary

HUNDREDS of students across the Toowoomba diocese waved goodbye to their mums and dads to head off to school for the first time early this year. One of Toowoomba’s Catholic schools – Mater Dei Primary School – witnessed this in a special way. It welcomed four sets of twins among its 75 Prep students. Mater Dei principal Chris Bartlett said ... Read More »

Catholic education leaders support Queensland premier’s plans to stop bullying

QUEENSLAND’S key advocate for Catholic schools believes Australian leaders can help reduce bullying among young people by examining how they behave in public. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was among 40 stakeholders invited to a bullying and cyberbullying roundtable discussion hosted by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on January 29. The meeting came after the shock suicide ... Read More »

Departing CEO of council overseeing Church’s engagement with royal commission wants laity, not bishops, to run new implementation body

Francis Sullivan

THE chief executive officer of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council has a blunt, final message to Australia’s Catholic leaders following completion of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse: “There needs to be reform, renewal and refreshment in the Church”. As the council’s chief executive officer since 2013, Francis Sullivan is compiling a final report to be handed to ... Read More »

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 »

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