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Musician and youth ministry director spearheads another year of lived faith in new book

Patrick Keady

SOME are blessed to “whistle while they work”. That’s the God-given reality of Brisbane’s Patrick Keady who, for more than two decades, has shared with anyone within coo-ee and beyond, an insatiable appetite for the beauty and potential of the Church. The Emmanuel Community’s  Ignite Youth director shared faith spearheads his New Year resolve, prompted by an early-morning wake-up call. ... Read More »

Tennis coach Brian Hudson’s game is on song

Brian Hudson

LIFE-long professional tennis coach Brian Hudson, now 84, casts his eye over the list of players at the Australian Open 2018 and there’s one who stands out as someone he’d love to take under his wing. Brian has coached thousands of players of all standards over decades, helping several to the top of the tree, so he knows what it ... Read More »

Sr Hilda Scott: Yes, you are reason for the season

nativity of Christ

CHRISTMAS is with us again and while a time of undeniable joy, for many that is not the case. As you approach this time how does life look for you? Will this season go by without hearing from someone you most want to hear from? Has the year been such that you will ache for the presence of someone who ... Read More »

John three sixteen: God’s fantastic Christmas present

Annunciation by Titian

THE brilliant Marist Brother who taught me Latin while I was in the seminary celebrated his 80th birthday a few years ago. At the party held in his honour there were people from all walks of life – men and women whom Br Roger had met and ministered to over the many years of his religious life, as well as ... Read More »

Will you give differently this Christmas?

giving

CHRISTMAS is traditionally a time where we tend to focus on buying gifts, writing Christmas cards and preparing food for a feast spent with loved ones. Yet as I reflect on Christmas 2017, I am challenged to ask myself how this Christmas season is going to be different. What is going to be different in me this year, as I ... Read More »

How this 86-year-old priest went from being an atheist to evangelising the world

“HELLO, this is Jack,” Fr Jack Soulsby says in his rich, booming voice with an accent that likely springs from his Cornish beginnings. He’s answering the phone as he sits in hospital in Brisbane wracked with pain from illness that’s been with him for months. It’s his provincial Fr Bob Barber, of the Marist Fathers, on the line checking up ... Read More »

Why do we venerate the saints?

Fra Angelico painting The Domincan Blessed

WHEN attending Mass in Brisbane a few months ago I had my first experience of déjà vu. Every time I left the church, a local parishioner would grab my arm, fix me with an enquiring look and ask with great earnestness: “What order are you from?” After a few days of repeating the words “Dominicans” or “Order of Preachers” I ... Read More »

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