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Roma teacher shares touching insights into his adoption story

Ryan Baines

YOUNG Roma religious education teacher Ryan Baines delivered an inspiring talk at the University of Southern Queensland recently with the simple message, “Do what gives you life”. That was a theme in his hour-long tale on second chances, faith and discovering new horizons. He was delivering the annual Concannon Oration, organised by Concannon College. About 200 people gathered to hear ... Read More »

Esk churches unite to thank God for rain in southern Queensland

Children play in a puddle in Maryvale

RAIN across parts of southern Queensland has lifted spirits in many dry farming regions – but no more so than in the south-east town of Esk, where a Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Rural Communities and Rain has been cause for galvanising and jubilant celebration. In Esk, 100km north-west of Brisbane, last Sunday’s ecumenical event, initiated by the St ... Read More »

Second stage of new Cairns school opened and blessed

Bishop Foley blesses Cairns school classroom

MACKILLOP Catholic College is celebrating the completion of the second stage of its development at Mount Peter, having tripled its enrolment since opening in 2016. College principal Luke Reed said the people of Queensland through the State Government had provided extensive funds for the first stages of the college. “We thank our fellow Queenslanders for their partnership and confidence in ... Read More »

Bishop Harris blesses classrooms at St Anthony’s

Bishop Tim Harris talks to students in a classroom

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris joined the Preps and Year 1s of St Anthony’s Catholic College, Deeragun, to bless their new early-learning centre. Parish priest Fr Giles Setter, Townsville Catholic Education executive director Jacqui Francis, director of leadership and school development Ross Horner and State Member for Townsville Scott Stewart were among guests attending. The new facilities, known as the Primi ... Read More »

‘It’s not a step forward for rural health’: Theodore residents protest to save town’s maternity service

McIntyre family

RESIDENTS in a small central Queensland town where women are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to give birth are battling to have their local hospital maternity ward reopened. The people of Theodore raised more than $70,000 to help repair the maternity ward, part of a $2 million government overhaul, after the hospital was ravaged by floodwaters; only to ... Read More »

Powerful drought photos in social media project show farmers strength during tough times

Cattle in drought

A PROFESSIONAL photographer with a keen eye for the outback is working with volunteers in one of Queensland’s hardest hit drought regions on a project showcasing their resilience during hard times. Anne Smith, from Airlie Beach, is working with volunteer photographers in the Barcaldine region – locals capturing their own images of the drought, these volunteers are participating in a ... Read More »

Road to Emmaus paved with yellow bricks

Wizard of Oz

DOROTHY and Toto were a long way from Kansas for the sold-out production of The Wizard of Oz at Emmaus College, Rockhampton. More than 100 Emmaus students were involved in the cast, crew, orchestra and costumes in a 14-week preparation for the production on July 27-29 at the Pilbeam Theatre. But one role was decidedly recruited from outside the school ... Read More »

Construction underway for Toowoomba schools administration building

New building plans

THE quiet, timeworn halls of the former Toowoomba South State School were humming with activity once again as work began on a central administration building for Toowoomba Catholic Schools. Toowoomba diocese bought the heritage-listed site in 2015. The diocese named the site’s central location and proximity to existing church buildings, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Parish centre, as key reasons for ... Read More »

New Cairns school MacKillop Catholic College a one-stop birth to Year 12 solution

MacKillop College in Cairns

PLANS are going ahead as MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter, sets itself up to be the birth-to-Year 12 solution for families in the Cairns southern growth corridor by 2025. Catholic Early Learning and Care, Mount Peter, has plans for mid-year construction in readiness for an early 2019 opening. Year 7 will open in 2020 with Year 12 being available by ... Read More »

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