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Domestic harm calls for major cultural shift

Woman in abuse

ADDRESSING deficits within Catholic culture has been a consistent message from Church leaders following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Church leaders have said cultural change was needed so neglect in pastoral care when responding to vulnerable victims was not repeated. While domestic violence is outside ... Read More »

Talking about the dirty ‘o’ word – obedience

Obedience and freedom

OBEDIENCE is, in fact, the only vow a Dominican friar takes. On the day of his profession, with his hands placed within those of his superior and upon the constitutions of the order, he vows obedience to God, the Blessed Virgin, St Dominic, the Master of the Order and his ... Read More »

Purcell family looks inward for life’s meaning and purpose

Gerry and Claire Purcell and their daughters

IT may be difficult for expectant fathers, who are doctors, to choose whether “to be the dad or be the doctor” when baby is on the way. Posing the question to expectant parents Gerry and Claire Purcell, who may welcome their third child between the writing of this story and ... Read More »

Persimmon sandwiches? How Dominicans live poverty today

persimmons

“Anyone who shows the least inclination to really practise the poverty of Christ in his own life will be called a crank.” EVANGELICAL poverty embraced for the sake of the mission entrusted to us by Christ – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) – was an ... Read More »

Eucharist defines the Roe family

THERE’S no doubting what the Roe family will prioritise this weekend. Parents Daniel and Kristen said faith expression was “normalised” in their home and weekly Mass attendance “has never been an issue”. “I often find myself saying to other Christian friends that one of the perks of being Catholic is ... Read More »

Macbooks, monks and martyrs – the blogging Benedictine priest

“THERE are Benedictines, and then there are Benedictines.” Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman believes he is the latter. “The English Benedictines are probably not known as being the most austere Benedictines and that, indeed, other monks have a nasty joke that EBC (English Benedictine Congregation) means Every Bodily Comfort,” Fr Hugh said. ... Read More »

Couple who fled Iraq and found home in Brisbane reaching out to refugee families

ALMOST 20 years ago Kareem Patros’ faith could have cost him his life had he not escaped the brutal force of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Today, he and his wife Bushra could not be happier as they spend much of their time helping and encouraging others who’ve taken a similar ... Read More »

Making a difference backed up by research

ST Vincent de Paul Society Queensland and the University of Queensland have entered into a pioneering partnership to undertake research providing an evidence base for the charity’s “good works”. Vinnies Queensland chief executive officer Peter Maher said: “It was critical for the society to understand what it is doing to ... Read More »

Andrea Mercier relishing the chance to share faith stories

EVERYONE would benefit from “an Andrea Mercier” in their corner. She’s the kind of wife, mother, educator and friend whose selfless and God-filled ways are at the core of her being. Not that the striking woman of faith would publicise it; in fact, she’d likely go to great lengths to ... Read More »

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