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Dominicans prostrate for First Professions

BROTHER Christian and I made our first profession a few weeks ago, during Mass on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. At the very beginning of the Rite of Profession, having thrown ourselves prostrate, cruciform on the floor – with noses pressed firmly into the carpet before our eyes – the provincial asked a very simple question: “What do ... Read More »

Presentation Sister Carmel Hodgkinson has given a lifetime of service to God’s children

Sr Carmel Hodgkinson

SHE danced before taking a step. That’s what Presentation Sister Carmel (Jean Marie) Hodgkinson knows about her early years. “My parents said I’d hold onto the bar near the radio and bounce, up and down, to the beat,” the sprightly 76-year-old said from Holy Spirit Home, Carseldine, in Brisbane’s north. “I’ve got rhythm, I’ve always had it.” The toe-tapping sister ... Read More »

Fr Francis Ching, the priest who can’t read

Legally blind priest Fr Francis Ching

MASS etiquette suggests Catholics turn off or silence their mobile device before entering the church, but that rule doesn’t apply to Canadian priest Fr Francis Ching. Every time the 45-year-old Chinese-born priest celebrates Mass, or when it’s time to say his prayers of the Office, the iPad is on and right at his fingertips. Without it, Fr Francis couldn’t fulfil ... Read More »

Retiring midwife shares privilege of being with others for moments of life and death

Beth and Samantha

MIDWIFE Beth Burt has been at countless births over more than three decades, but she’s also seen many deaths, and she feels privileged about every one of those experiences. Finishing up at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital after more than 37 years and heading towards retirement, she’s been thinking back over those times with gratitude. “We (midwives) always say – and I ... Read More »

Spreading the joy of the Gospel to others

Dominicans

“TO contemplate and to pass onto others the fruits of contemplation.” Those words of St Thomas Aquinas encapsulate the essence of Dominican life – what it means to be a friar in the Order of Preachers. We are essentially contemplatives. We are called to be men who live lives of profound and intimate prayer with God. By virtue of a ... Read More »

Irish priest who says more funerals for children than adults in Pakistan says Church should be present ‘with people in difficult times’

Fr Thomas King

MISSIONARY priest Fr Tomas King has spent the past 25 years in Pakistan, witnessing the ravages of war, discrimination and man-made drought, yet he maintains a steadfast passion for the people he serves. “I have presided at as many funerals for children than for adults,” Fr King said. “You see a lot of pain because of the suffering of the ... Read More »

Ex-truckie supporting two brothers with Huntington’s Disease brought to tears after watching Pope Francis’ audience with HD sufferers

Peter O'Leary

ROLLING down the highways of western Queensland, former truckie Peter O’Leary could well have had the hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother blaring out on his radio and he would’ve sung along with gusto. Today, that same song could well be his anthem. The difference is that he’s not singing it but living it. Two of his brothers have ... Read More »

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